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Projected Lineup: Islanders at Stars

Projected lines, news and quotes ahead of Friday's Islanders-Stars game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders face off against the Dallas Stars on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. eastern. Watch the game on MSG+, MSG GO, listen to the game on 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News, or AM970 - The Answer. Click here for the full game preview and don't forget to check the game notes

HALAK IN GOAL: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders on Friday night. Halak is 5-3-0 this season with a 2.82 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. Thomas Greiss will likely start on Saturday night in St. Louis. Greiss has played the Islanders previous two games. 

QUINE DEBUTS, LINES CHANGE: 

Alan Quine is set to make his season debut on Friday after being sidelined since September with an upper-body injury. Quine will slot into the third line center role between Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier. See below for projected lines. 

"I'm just excited to be back," Quine said. "The staff and everyone did a good job of getting me in shape, so I should be good to go." 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: .@AWQuine back in the lineup for tonight's game in Dallas. #Isles pic.twitter.com/ZvfoJ8rC6Y

KULEMIN OUT FOR INDEFINITE PERIOD: 

Nikolay Kulemin (upper body) is out indefinitely, according to Head Coach Doug Weight. Kulemin suffered the injury on Tuesday night and underwent an MRI on Wednesday. Weight said he'll hopefully have a timeline in the next 48 hours, but that the prognosis wasn't good. 

With Kulemin out, the Islanders are losing one of their top penalty killers, as Kulemin averaged 2:26 of SH/TOI per game, the second most among forwards. Weight said that he'll use a committee of Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and Anthony Beauvillier to fill in for Kulemin's PK role. Kulemin's regular PK partner is John Tavares. 

The Islanders PK is 10-for-10 over the past three games, but will be put to the test against the league's top-ranked power play. 

ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES JOSH BAILEY
BROCK NELSON MATHEW BARZAL JORDAN EBERLE
ANDREW LADD ALAN QUINE ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
JASON CHIMERA CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
DEFENSE
NICK LEDDY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN SCOTT MAYFIELD
THOMAS HICKEY RYAN PULOCK

 

STARS LINEUP NOTES:  

Ben Bishop will start in goal against the Islanders on Friday night. Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie are both in, while defenseman Marc Methot will be out. Faksa had missed the Stars last game on Monday, while Ritchie had missed three straight games. 

The Stars are also separating Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin for Friday's game, as Ken Hitchcock looks to spread the scoring wealth around his lineup. 

STARS PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
GEMEL SMTIH JAMIE BENN ALEXANDER RADULOV
MATTIAS JANMARK TYLER SEGUIN DEVIN SHORE
REMI ELIE MARTIN HANZAL JASON SPEZZA
ANTOINE ROUSSEL RADEK FAKSA BRETT RITCHIE
DEFENSE
ESA LINDELL JOHN KLINGBERG
JAMIE OLEKSIAK STEPHEN JOHNS
DAN HAMHUIS GREG PATERYN
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