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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Wild

The Islanders host the Wild at Barclays Center (6 p.m., MSG+, WFAN)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders vs. Minnesota Wild
6 p.m. Barclays Center, Buy Tickets
Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM; 88.7 FM WRHU; 103.9 FM LI News
Afternoon Updates: 

Nick Leddy is back in the lineup for the Islanders and will likely play with Travis Hamonic.  

Thomas Greiss will start in goal, while the forward corps will the stay the same. 

The health of the New York Islanders (2-3-0) blue line is the biggest question mark heading into Sunday's tilt with the Minnesota Wild (3-1-1). Ryan Pulock suffered a lower-body injury on Friday night that will keep him out for four-to-six weeks, while Nick Leddy's status for Sunday is unknown, as he's day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

The Islanders are looking to get back to .500, while the Wild are wrapping up a back-to-back set on Sunday, after losing 2-1 in OT to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. In recent years, this has been a favorable matchup for the Islanders, as they swept the season series last year and are 6-2-1 in their last nine games against the Wild. 

Pulock Out 4-6 Weeks: 

Ryan Pulock will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury suffered during the first period of the Islanders 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. 

Nick Leddy Returns To Practice: 

After missing Friday's game with an upper-body injury, Nick Leddy returned to practice on Saturday. Leddy leads the Islanders in time on ice per game, plays on the top pairing and on the top power-play unit and his return would bolster the Islanders' blue line - if he's ready to go. 

Brock Nelson Streaking: 

Brock Nelson is riding a five-game point streak (2G, 3A), notching a point in all five Islanders games this season - also making him the leading scorer on the team. Fast starts are becoming common for Nelson, as the Islanders forward had five points (2G, 3A) in his first six games last season and eight points (4G, 4A) in the Islanders first five games in 2014-15. Nelson had the primary assist on Johnny Boychuk's game-winning goal on Friday night. 

Darcy Kuemper Likely To Start: 

With Devan Dubnyk starting for the Wild on Saturday night, backup goalie Darcy Kuemper is likely to start against the Islanders according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 

Kuemper is 1-0 to start the season, making 27 saves in a 6-3 win over the LA Kings on Oct. 18. Last season Kuemper had a 6-7-5 record with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. 

Eric Staal Starting Well In Minnesota: 

Eric Staal has gotten off to a good start in his Wild career, scoring three goals in his first five games. Staal is looking to bounce back after a 39-point season last year split between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, his lowest output since his rookie season in 2003-04. Staal is getting a good opportunity in Minnesota, centering the top line with Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle.

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