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Projected Lineup: Islanders at Predators

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

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. Watch the game on MSG+2 or MSG GO. Listen to the game on 88.7FM WRHU or AM970 - The Answer or 103.9FM LI News. Read the game preview and game notes.

PULOCK, SEIDENBERG IN, HICKEY, MAYFIELD OUT: 

Ryan Pulock and Dennis Seidenberg are both back in the lineup after sitting out two straight games. Thomas Hickey and Scott Mayfield are coming out of the lineup. 

"It's a situation that when you have eight D who can play, there's always sticky points," Head Coach Doug Weight said. "Hicks has been one of our most reliable guys since he's been here. He's a heck of a player, but in the last couple of games he's faded a bit, we had a lot of hockey, he had played a lot of minutes. I have confidence in all of these guys, so I'm excited to see [Pulock] and [Seidenberg] get in there."

Pulock has only appeared in two games for the Islanders this season and both games featured 11 forwards and seven defensemen, which limited his ice time. Saturday will be his first game this year with a traditional 12 forwards, six defensemen split. 

"I'm looking forward to that, being able to play a regular shift and getting into the game," Pulock said. "I want to get out there, simplify things and play with confidence."

Pulock is expected to help the Islanders power play, which is 2-for-33 to start the season. Pulock had a primary assist on the Islanders first power-play goal this season, which came in his season debut against the New York Rangers. 

BEAUVILLIER AT CENTER

Weight is sticking with his line changes from Friday's practice. As a result, Anthony Beauvillier will play center - his natural position - between Nikolay Kulemin and Cal Clutterbuck. 

"It's going to be fun, it's been a while, but I've played there my whole life," Beauvillier said. "It'll be a little adjustment in the face off dot, the rules have changed a little, but it'll be fun. I'm excited." 

Beauvillier is expected to see some time on the power play on Saturday night, as he practiced with a refurbished second unit on Friday. The Islanders forward scored his second goal of the season on Thursday night in Minnesota. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

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

 

HALAK IN GOAL: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders. Halak is 3-2-0 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Halak won his last start in Nashville, stopping 22-of-23 shots in a 2-1 overtime win. 

PREDATORS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
KEVIN FIALA RYAN JOHANSEN FILIP FORSBERG
PONTUS ABERG CALLE JARNKROK VIKTOR ARVIDSSON
SCOTT HARTNELL FREDERICK GAUDREAU CRAIG SMITH
MIIKKA SALOMAKI COLTON SISSONS AUSTIN WATSON
FORWARDS
ROMAN JOSI MATTIAS EKHOLM
ALEXEI EMELIN PK SUBBAN
SAMUEL GIRARD YANNICK WEBER

 

*Projected lines courtesy of nhl.com/predators

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