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Edmonton goes for third straight victory; Dobson could make NHL debut for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

OILERS (2-0-0) at ISLANDERS (1-1-0)

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


The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will try for their third straight win when they play the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday.

It's the first of a four-game road trip for Edmonton, which opened its season with two wins at home.

Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson is expected to make his NHL debut. The 19-year-old was a first-round pick (No. 12) in the 2018 Draft.


Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid has five points (two goals, three assists) in two games. He had a goal and three assists in a 6-5 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier has three points (one goal, two assists) through two games.


They said it

"We've got to be solid defensively. They're a team that doesn't give up much. It'll be a low-scoring game, a tight-checking game. We've got to be ready for that." -- Oilers captain Connor McDavid

"It'd obviously be a huge dream come true, something you work towards all your life. I'm just going to stay ready, and if I get the opportunity I'll just enjoy the moment and have a good game." -- Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Joakim Nygard -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- James Neal

Jujhar Khaira -- Riley Sheahan -- Patrick Russell

Markus Granlund -- Gaetan Haas -- Tomas Jurco

Oscar Klefbom -- Joel Persson

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Kris Russell -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Josh Archibald, Colby Cave, Alex Chiasson, Brandon Manning

Injured: Adam Larsson (leg)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Josh Bailey -- Brock Nelson -- Michael Dal Colle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Derick Brassard -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Johnny Boychuk

Injured: Andrew Ladd (knee)


Status report

Sheahan, who was injured in Edmonton's preseason finale against the Calgary Flames on Sept. 28, will be activated off injured reserve and make his Oilers debut. … Koskinen, a second-round pick (No. 31) by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft, will start his first game of the season for the Oilers. … Cizikas, who took a maintenance day Monday, participated in an optional morning skate and will play.


Stat pack

Edmonton coach Dave Tippett has 555 NHL wins; his next victory would tie Marc Crawford for 21st in League history. … Draisaitl has five points (one goal, four assists) in two games for the Oilers. … New York is 10-0-2 in its past 12 home games against Edmonton. The Oilers haven't won in regulation at Nassau Coliseum since Dec. 14, 1999. … Bailey will become the sixth to play 800 NHL games with the Islanders. The 30-year-old forward was their first-round pick (No. 9) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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