UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Defenseman Matt Donovan will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut for the New York Islanders against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday (3 p.m.; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).
Donovan played in 12 games during the regular season and had three assists. He has been a healthy scratch for each playoff game. With injuries to Lubomir Visnovsky, Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic, Donovan will be in the lineup.
"Donovan is going to play," coach Jack Capuano said. "He's been with us all year. He has worked hard so he is going to go for sure and most likely you are going to see [Scott] Mayfield or [Ryan] Pulock on the other side. Two different type players, so we will make that decision."
Mayfield, 23, played in five games for the Islanders in 2013-14 and didn’t score a point.
Pulock, 20, has yet to make his NHL debut. He had 17 goals in the American Hockey League with Bridgeport, including a team-high 13 on the power play. New York is 0-for-12 in the power play in the series.
If Mayfield or Pulock plays, it will be in place of rookie Griffin Reinhart, who replaced Visnovsky for Game 5.
"We got Visnovsky, Hamonic and de Haan out," Capuano said. “We only have a certain amount of players that we feel that we can put in so we are in a tough spot back there. But I believe in the kids that we have."
Here are the projected lineups:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Joel Ward
Marcus Johansson – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Jason Chimera
Andre Burakovsky – Jay Beagle – Troy Brouwer
Brooks Laich – Michael Latta – Tom Wilson
Brooks Orpik – John Carlson
Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen
Tim Gleason – Mike Green
Scratched: Curtis Glencross, Justin Peters
Injured: Eric Fehr (upper body), John Erskine (neck), Dmitry Orlov (wrist)
Nikolay Kulemin – John Tavares – Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey – Frans Nielsen – Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee – Mikhail Grabovski – Brock Nelson
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk
Brian Strait – Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey – Matt Donovan
Scratched: Michael Grabner, Colin McDonald, Eric Boulton, Griffin Reinhart, Tyler Kennedy
Injured: Travis Hamonic (undisclosed), Lubomir Visnovsky (undisclosed), Calvin de Haan (undisclosed)
Status Report: Capuano there also could be a change up front. Brock Nelson, third on the team in goals during the regular season, was scratched for Game 5, and could return to the lineup. "We are dressing an extra for the warmup and possibly for the 'D'," Capuano said. … Capitals coach Barry Trotz said there will be no lineup changes.
Who's hot: Kuznetsov had two goals and an assist Thursday in a 5-1 win in Game 5 at Verizon Center.