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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs. Maple Leafs

Lineup notes and projected lines; John Tavares on Auston Matthews

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at 7 p.m. (MSG+2; AM 970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Read the Game Preview here. Read Game Notes here. MSG+2 Channel Finder here

The Lineup: 

The Islanders are going with the same skaters from Saturday's game against Carolina. That means Cal Clutterbuck will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Thomas Greiss will start in goal.

"Anytime you have an injury that comes back, you want to make sure, so we're going to make sure he's healthy," Doug Weight said of Clutterbuck, who didn't skate on Monday. "We don't want to lose Cal for a long period of time. He's feeling better and he'll be on the ice real soon."

PROJECTED LINES: 
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER BROCK NELSON RYAN STROME
ANDREW LADD ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
SHANE PRINCE CASEY CIZIKAS NIKOLAY KULEMIN
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
THOMAS HICKEY ADAM PELECH
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

 

Andersen Expected To Start:

Frederik Andersen is likely to start on Monday, according to Leafs TV's Paul Hendrick. Andersen is 22-11-8 this season with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. 

LEAFS PROJECTED LINES:
FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
LEO KOMAROV NAZEM KADRI WILLIAM NYLANDER
JAMES van RIEMSDYK TYLER BOZAK MITCH MARNER
ZACH HYMAN AUSTON MATTHEWS CONNOR BROWN
MATT MARTIN BEN SMITH NIKITA SOSHNIKOV
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
MORGAN RIELLY NIKITA ZAITSEV
JAKE GARDINER CONNOR CARRICK
MATT HUNWICK ROMAN POLAK

 

John Tavares on Auston Matthews:

John Tavares and Auston Matthews were both at the NHL All-Star Game in LA a little over a week ago. The Islanders' captain - and 2009 first-overall pick - shared his impressions of the Leafs rookie and 2016 first-overall pick. 

"Pretty impressive guy," Tavares said. "Just the way he's been able to handle what comes with playing in Toronto and being a first pick and a lot of people looking to him to be a big part of that franchise for a long time. Really impressive how he handles himself and I think his talent, everyone sees why he's a special player."

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "We're trying to move up the ladder. Anytime you play a team that's just ahead of you, the two points are crucial." - @91Tavares #Isles pic.twitter.com/G3zo4GtcXa

Tavares and Matthews played against each other in the three-on-three tournament, but shared a lockeroom. Tavares shed some light on Matthews personality from their time together in the room. 

"He's just very down to earth, very humble," Tavares said. "He was quiet, he didn't say a whole lot, but he was just trying to enjoy it, I remember being in my first all-star game and it was a similar type of thing just cool being around a lot of guys that you looked up to."

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