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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Hurricanes

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Hurricanes game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m. Watch the game on MSG+ or MSG GO, or listen to the game on 88.7FM, 103.9FM or AM970. Read the game preview here. Check the games notes. 

LINEUP NOTES: 

Anthony Beauvillier, Thomas Hickey and Ryan Pulock draw into the lineup, replacing Alan Quine, Scott Mayfield and Dennis Seidenberg. 

Beauvillier returns after missing Saturday's game, the result of blocking a pair of shots on Friday night (more on that below). Hickey and Pulock return after sitting out as healthy scratches on Saturday night.

Thomas Greiss makes his second consecutive start. He is 3-3-1 lifetime against the Hurricanes, but won his most recent outing, stopping 30-of-32 in a 3-2 OT win for the Isles. 

BEAUVILLIER ON BLOCKING SHOTS: 

Anthony Beauvillier shed some light on his decision to block a pair of shots with the Islanders down 5-0 in Dallas. Getting a rare shift on the penalty kill with Nikolay Kulemin out, the 20-year-old said he was looking to make an impression on the coaching staff. 

"I was just trying to do my job," Beauvillier said. "I was put out there on the penalty kill, I didn't want to give up a goal. I don't usually play on the PK, so I wanted to make an impact and get more minutes. So I figured that's what I needed to do. I was just trying to block the shot and it just got me in the wrong spot, but thank god it's nothing crazy, nothing broken and I'm good to go tonight."

HO-SANG'S EMERGENCY RECALL LIFTED: 

Josh Ho-Sang's emergency recall was terminated and changed to a regular recall. The Islanders active roster stands at 23, with Shane Prince and Nikolay Kulemin both on IR. Prince is getting closer to a return, but doesn't have a definite timetable, while Kulemin will be out for six months. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

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

ISLES VS CANES: 

The Hurricanes have been a tricky matchup for the Islanders in recent years, with the Hurricanes earning points in nine of their last 10 games against the Islanders. There have been some whacky games along the way - like an 8-4 Islanders loss on March 13 - and the Isles know they can't take the Canes lightly. 

"They are a team that flies under the radar," John Tavares said. "They've been developing a lot of young players for a long time. Especially on their back end. Good, strong D, very mobile. They really challenge you, get in your face and have some crafty forwards that are skilled and can make some plays." 

DARLING IN GOAL: 

Scott Darling will start in goal against the Islanders on Thursday. Darling is 2-1-0 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage lifetime against the Islanders. The Hurricanes goalie is 5-3-4 in his first season with his new team. 

HURRICANES PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
SEBASTIAN AHO JORDAN STAAL TEUVO TERAVAINEN
BROCK MCGINN DEREK RYAN JUSTIN WILLIAMS
JEFF SKINNER VICTOR RASK ELIAS LINDHOLM
JOAKIM NORDSTROM JOSH JOORIS Phillip DI GIUSEPPE
DEFENSE
JACCOB SLAVIN BRETT PESCE
HAYDN FLEURY JUSTIN FAULK
NOAH HANIFIN TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK
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