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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs. Predators

Projected lines ahead of Monday's Islanders-Predators game (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Nashville Predators on Monday night at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+, 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU). Click here for the Game Preview. Click here for Game Notes.

The Lineup:

Alan Quine is in for Shane Prince. Thomas Hickey is in for Scott Mayfield. Thomas Greiss starts in goal. 

PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
ANDREW LADD ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER JOSH HO-SANG
ALAN QUINE BROCK NELSON JASON CHIMERA
STEPHEN GIONTA CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK

Boychuk/Kulemin Updates:

Doug Weight offered updates on two injured Islanders, defenseman Johnny Boychuk and forward Nikolay Kulemin. 

Boychuk was a full participant in the Islanders morning skate on Monday, as he continues his recovery from a lower-body injury. The defenseman hasn't played since March 3, but Weight said a return this week is possible. 

"Johnny is close, it's good to see him out there today," Weight said. "Hopefully we can get two or three really good days of practice here and see what he has for us on Thursday, maybe he'll play Thursday or Friday, that'd be great."

Kulemin sustained an upper-body injury on Friday night in Pittsburgh and is expected to miss both Thursday and Friday. 

"He's got some discomfort, the plan of attack is to work every day and see if he can get back on the ice," Weight said. "It's not going to be longer than 2/3 weeks. Best case scenario would be the end of the week and I don't know that's going to happen."

PREDATORS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
FILIP FORSBERG RYAN JOHANSEN VIKTOR ARVIDSSON
KEVIN FIALA CALLE JARNKROK JAMES NEAL
COLIN WILSON COLTON SISSONS CRAIG SMITH
CODY MCLEOD VERNON FIDDLER AUSTIN WATSON

 

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