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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs. Jets

Projected lines ahead of Thursday's Islanders-Jets game (7 p.m., MSG+2)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+2, 880AM - WCBS, 88.7FM - WRHU). Click here for the Game Preview.

The Lineup:

ISLES PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD RYAN STROME JOSH HO-SANG
NIKOLAY KULEMIN BROCK NELSON JASON CHIMERA
STEPHEN GIONTA ALAN QUINE CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY ADAM PELECH
CALVIN DE HAAN TRAVIS HAMONIC
THOMAS HICKEY DENNIS SEIDENBERG

Scratched: Anthony Beauvillier, Scott Mayfield

Injured: Casey Cizikas (upper body), Johnny Boychuk (lower body), Shane Prince (lower body)

Boychuk Out Again: 

Johnny Boychuk will miss his seventh straight game with a lower-body injury. The Islanders defenseman hasn't skated with the team since suffering the injury, though Interim Coach Doug Weight anticipates he'll start skating soon. 

"He's got his motion back and he's moving," Weight said. "We miss him, we want him to get back out there so hopefully he can skate tomorrow. 

Boychuk has six goals and 15 assists this season. 

Weight on Leafs-Lightning:

The Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning are in a three-way race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so the Leafs-Lightning game tonight is of great interest to the Isles. 

If the Islanders beat the Jets, they'll hold the second wild card for another day, but if the Isles lose, the winner of Leafs-Lightning will take over the wild card spot. 

"The guys know where we stand and we're not looking for anyone else to help us," Weight said "But we've got ourselves in a position where we control our own destiny, so let's keep going from there." 

JETS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
NIKOLAJ EHLERS BRYAN LITTLE PATRIK LAINE
MATHIEU PERREAULT MARK SCHEIFELE BLAKE WHEELER
ANDREW COPP ADAM LOWRY JOEL ARMIA
MARKO DANO NIC PETAN CHRIS THORBURN
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
JULIAN MELCHIORI DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
JOSH MORRISSEY PAUL POSTMA
MARK STUART BEN CHIAROT

Connor Hellebuyck will start in goal for the Jets.

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