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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Flyers

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Wednesday's Islanders-Flyers game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m. Tune into MSG+, stream the game on MSG GO, listen to the game on 88.7FM, 103.9FM, or AM970 and follow on Twitter at @NYIslanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes. 

LINEUP NOTES: 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders. Cal Clutterbuck, Scott Mayfield and Dennis Seidenberg are in, while Alan Quine, Thomas Hickey and Ryan Pulock are out. 

Greiss has won his last three starts and the Islanders have picked up points in eight of his 10 starts this season (6-2-2).

Clutterbuck returns to the lineup after missing two games with an illness.

Mayfield and Seidenberg return after sitting for three games as a healthy scratch. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD MATHEW BARZAL JORDAN EBERLE
BROCK NELSON ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER JOSH HO-SANG
JASON CHIMERA CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN ADAM PELECH
SCOTT MAYFIELD DENNIS SEIDENBERG

 

FOUR-POINT GAMES: 

In a scheduling quirk, the Islanders played 13 of their first 17 games against Western Conference teams this season and are just now playing Eastern Conference opponents with regularity. A win over a division rival like the Flyers has a two-fold effect for the Islanders, who are looking to create some separation in a Metropolitan Division that's packed like sardines.

"They're big games. You can build some separation and put some things in the bank," Head Coach Doug Weight said. "The importance of getting into game 30-35 with four, five or six teams behind you rather than one or two is substantial."

TOP LINE VS TOP LINE:

Wednesday's game pits two of the league's top lines against each other, as all three members of both the Islanders and Flyers top lines are in the top 20 in NHL scoring. 

John Tavares (23 points), Josh Bailey (23 points) and Anders Lee (21 points) have combined for 67 points (30G, 37A) this season. Jakub Voracek (26 points), Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier (22 points each) have combined for 70 points (27G, 43A). 

Only Tampa Bay's top line (Steve Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov - 88 points) and St. Louis' top trio (Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko - 86 points) have combined for more points. 

FLYERS RECALL MORIN, MARTEL:

The Flyers recalled defenseman Samuel Morin and forward Danick Martel from Lehigh Valley on Wednesday morning. Morin, the Flyers 2013 first-round pick, has five points (1G, 4A) in 10 games for Lehigh Valley this season, but the towering 6'7 defenseman is known more for his edge, with 269 PIM in 160 AHL games. Martel 

Martel has 19 points (14G, 5A) in 17 games for the Phantoms and should be draw into the lineup on Wednesday, will be making his NHL debut. 

FLYERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
CLAUDE GIROUX SEAN COUTURIER JAKUB VORACEK
JORDAN WEAL NOLAN PATRICK WAYNE SIMMONDS
MICHAEL RAFFL VALTTERI FILPPULA TRAVIS KONECNY
TAYLOR LEIER SCOTT LAUGHTON JORI LEHTERA
DEFENSE
IVAN PROVOROV ROBERT HAGG
BRANDON MANNING SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE
TRAVIS SANHEIM SAMUEL MORIN
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