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Islanders, Ducks aim for first victory

New York, Anaheim each lost first two games to start season

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

DUCKS (0-2-0) at ISLANDERS (0-2-0)

6 p.m. ET; MSG+, PRIME, NHL.TV

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano believes his team has played well over its first two games of the season despite back-to-back losses.

"We've got to score some goals. We've got to find a way to score here," Capuano said. "It took us 40 minutes in New York [on Thursday], and just one power-play goal [Saturday] off (Brooks) Orpik's leg. We had chances, we've just got to find a way."

That includes the top line, which consisted of John Tavares, Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera for much of the first two games before Capuano had Josh Bailey replace Chimera late in the game Saturday. Tavares, who competed for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, did not arrive at Islanders training camp until the first week of October and played in one preseason game. He enters Sunday still looking for his first point of the season.

"They're a real good team," Capuano said of the Ducks. "They've got a lot of firepower. Again, we've got to find a way. I know [Tavares] came back from the World Cup late and we didn't have a lot of experimenting to do as far as line combinations go. We moved (Josh) Bailey up late in the game [Saturday] on that line, just to see if we could get anything going. But we're definitely going to have to … we can grind it out all we want, but when we get chances we've got to find a way to put the puck in the back of the net."

The Ducks are also seeking their first win of the season; they dropped their second straight with a 3-2 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. They're hoping to avoid a repeat of last season, when they won once in their first 10 games (1-7-2).

"We haven't talked about last year at all," forward Corey Perry said Saturday. "This is a new beginning, a new season, and you have to go out and prove yourself all over again."


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Mason Raymond -- Antoine Vermette -- Nick Sorensen

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Korbinian Holzer -- Sami Vatanen

Jacob Larsson -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Emerson Etem, Clayton Stoner

Injured: Simon Despres (upper body), Rickard Rakell (abdomen), Nicolas Kerdiles (concussion), Nate Thompson (Achilles)


Islanders projected lineup

Andrew Ladd -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome

Anthony Beauvillier -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Jaroslav Halak

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Mathew Barzal, Thomas Greiss

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Shane Prince (lower body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate after playing on Saturday. … Gibson should start in goal for the Ducks after Bernier stopped 42 of 45 shots against the Penguins. … Barzal, a first-round pick (No. 16) in 2015, took three penalties in 10:10 of ice time in his NHL debut Saturday, and will not play. … Prince was placed on injured reserve Sunday retroactive to Oct. 15. Capuano said before the game, there is no timetable for how long Prince will be out.


Who's hot

Getzlaf had two assists Saturday. … Nelson got an assist against the Capitals after scoring his first goal of the season on Thursday. He has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 30 career games in October

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