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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Kings

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Saturday's Islanders-Kings game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the LA Kings on Saturday night - Star Wars Night - at 7 p.m. Buy tickets here. Watch on MSG+2, stream on MSG GO or listen live on the Islanders radio network. You can also follow the game on Twitter at @NYIslanders or follow the game on nhl.com/islanders. Read the game preview. Check the game notes

LINEUP NOTES: 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal. Anthony Beauvillier and Steve Bernier are in and will play together on the fourth line. Alan Quine and Josh Ho-Sang (who was loaned to Bridgeport on Friday) come out of the lineup. Same defense pairs. 

ISLES RECALL BERNIER: 

Steve Bernier will make his season debut for the Islanders on Saturday, one day after being recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bernier has 14 points (10G, 4A) in 21 games with Bridgeport this season, but is expected to provide some hard-nosed forechecking - or as Doug Weight put it Friday giving the Islanders some stability and professionalism. 

"Bernie is a pro, solid. Positionally reliable. Big body. We need some stability right now from our own zone out," Weight said. "Hopefully Berns will come up and do his job. He's not here to change the world. He's just going to play his game, but we need some stability. He's a great person. Well-respected in the room and it's going to be good for us."

The veteran winger is in his third season with the Islanders organization and previously played 24 games with the team during the 2015-16 season. Bernier said he's ready to do what the Islanders need tonight. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Steve Bernier joins the team for skate this AM. #Isles pic.twitter.com/LOKtLxbuI2

"My game is very simple. I don't try to do anything flashy out there," Bernier said. "North-south. I try to protect the puck down low and spend as much time as possible in the offensive zone. I think it's the best way to play good defensively."

The 32-year-old said he's excited for his first NHL game in a year and a half and plans to soak it all in. He said he wasn't ready to end his NHL career, so even without any NHL games in the 2016-17 season, he stuck with it in Bridgeport, where he said he's enjoyed some opportunities like playing on the power play. 

"It's been a while since I was in the NHL. I'm very excited about it and waited for a long time," Bernier said. "The way that everything worked out here two years ago wasn't the way I wanted to finish my hockey career. The best way to do that was stick with it, go to the best you can and we have a good group of guys down there." 

As for how he stayed patient, he said he still loves the game. 

"It's always fun to play hockey," he said. "Now that I'm here I'll try to enjoy it as much as possible." 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

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

 

KINGS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ALEX IAFALLO ANZE KOPITAR DUSTIN BROWN
TANNER PEARSON ADRIAN KEMPE TYLER TOFFOLI
MARIAN GABORIK TORREY MITCHELL JUSSI JOKINEN
KYLE CLIFFORD NICK SHORE TREVOR LEWIS
DEFENSE
JAKE MUZZIN DREW DOUGHTY
KURTIS MACDERMID ALEC MARTINEZ
DEREK FORBORT CHRISTIAN FOLIN

 

The Kings did not hold a morning skate. More on their lineup/starting goalie closer to gametime. 

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