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Preview: Islanders vs. Sharks

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (2-1-1) VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS (4-0-0)

7:30 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM, BUY TICKETS

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PDATE: Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Hickey will make season debuts for the Islanders. Halak to start in goal. Hickey replaces Brian Strait on the blue line. 

FIVE THINGS:

1. Rested Isles vs. Tired Sharks: The Islanders get the Sharks on the second half of a back-to-back set, as San Jose played Friday night in New Jersey. Last season, the Islanders were 9-2-1 when they are rested and their opponents were not.  

2. Couture Out: Sharks forward Logan Couture suffered a broken right fibula in practice Thursday and is expected to be out four-to-six weeks. It’s unfortunate for Couture and San Jose, but the Islanders are catching a break, as Couture adds a lot of bite to the Sharks offense. Couture scored a career-high 67 points (27G, 40A) last season.

3.Tavares: John Tavares is off to a hot start this season, scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in four games. Tavares has goals in all three games at Barclays Center this season, including the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. 


4. Greiss, Greiss Baby: Thomas Greiss made 44 saves in a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Greiss has won two straight games for the Islanders and could get a chance to face his former team Saturday night, if Jaroslav Halak is still on the sidelines. Greiss played four seasons in San Jose, going 17-16-3 over that span. 


5.
 Martin Jones: Martin Jones is off to a sizzling start in his first season as a starting goaltender. The former LA Kings backup is 4-0-0 to start the season and posted back-to-back shutouts against the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals. Jones made 31 saves in San Jose’s 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday, so backup Alex Stalock may get the start in the second half of San Jose’s back-to-back. 
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