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Preview: Oilers at Islanders

Edmonton shuffles left wings on top three lines; goalie Jaroslav Halak starts for New York

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / Senior Writer

OILERS (7-3-1) at ISLANDERS (4-6-1)

7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NHL.TV


Oilers team scope

The Edmonton Oilers, 0-2-1 in their past three games, will debut new lines against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Coach Todd McLellan has shuffled left wings Patrick Maroon, Milan Lucic and Benoit Pouliot. Maroon, who had been skating with Leon Draisaitl and Jesse Puljujarvi, will instead be on a line with Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle. "We played together a fair amount last year and found a little success," McDavid said. "We're hoping for the same." Lucic, who had been with McDavid and Eberle, will be with Draisaitl and Zack Kassian. Pouliot will be on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Puljujarvi. The fourth line of Mark Letestu, Anton Lander and Tyler Pitlick will remain. McLellan said it has been the Oilers' most consistent line, albeit in limited minutes. Lucic, McDavid and Eberle were a combined minus-10 in a 5-3 loss at the New York Rangers on Thursday. McDavid has one assist and is minus-6 in the past three games. "We need some individuals to get jump started and pick their play up," McLellan said.


Islanders team scope

New York is coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center on Thursday in which it allowed the tying goal with 58 seconds remaining in regulation. The Islanders are 0-1-1 in their past two games and 1-3-1 in their past five. They have allowed at least one power-play goal in five consecutive games. Their penalty kill is 14-for-21 in those games (66.7 percent) after going 21-for-22 in their first six games, when they were 3-3-0. Jaroslav Halak will start for the third straight game and fourth time in the past five games. He has stopped 62 of 67 shots in the past two games and is still trying to raise his save percentage (.908) and lower his goals-against average (2.94).


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Jordan Eberle

Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Milan Lucic -- Leon Draisaitl -- Zack Kassian

Tyler Pitlick -- Mark Letestu -- Anton Lander

Adam Larsson -- Oscar Klefbom

Andrej Sekera -- Eric Gryba

Darnell Nurse -- Matthew Benning

Cam Talbot

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Anton Slepyshev

Injured: Kris Russell (undisclosed), Brandon Davidson (upper body), Matt Hendricks (lower body), Iiro Pakarinen (knee)


Islanders projected lineup

Josh Bailey -- John Tavares -- Cal Clutterbuck

Andrew Ladd -- Ryan Strome -- Anthony Beauvillier

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Shane Prince

Nick Leddy - Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Dennis Seidenberg

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Alan Quine, Mathew Barzal, Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Ryan Pulock (lower body)


Status report

Gryba is taking Russell's spot in the lineup after being scratched for the past two games. … Oilers goalie Cam Talbot will be making his 12th consecutive start and has played all but 10:04 for Edmonton this season. He has a 2.31 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. Jonas Gustavsson will likely play at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. … Beauvillier will return after being scratched against Philadelphia. He has no points in four consecutive games after getting five (one goal, four assists) in his first five games.


Who's hot

Nugent-Hopkins has points in back-to-back games. He scored his first goal of the season Thursday. … Seidenberg, not known for his offense, is on a surprising hot streak for the Islanders with goals in back-to-back games and four points in the past three. He has four goals in his past seven games. Tavares has points in three straight games (one goal, two assists) and seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past six games.

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