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Islanders goalie Halak recovered, ready to face Devils

by Dan Rosen

ISLANDERS (6-2-2) at DEVILS (5-4-1)


NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak will play against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday after missing the previous game because of an illness.

Thomas Greiss made 26 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Barclays Center on Thursday.

Halak is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in four appearances this season.

"Just talking with [Halak] and when he tells you he's ready and he's 100 percent, there's no question we're going to put him in there," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Halak is not certain to play Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center.

"I don't know if he'll play both games, to be honest with you," Capuano said. "We always talk about it after the game, but there's a chance we'll continue to do what we do, give guys rest."

Islanders forward Ryan Strome (ill) and Devils forward Jiri Tlusty (upper body) are considered game-time decisions. The Islanders recalled forward Taylor Beck on emergency loan from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

The Devils are 5-1-0 in their past six games. The Islanders are 6-1-1 in their past eight after starting the season with back-to-back losses against the Chicago Blackhawks, including one in regulation.

Here are the projected lineups:


Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Nikolay Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Steve Bernier

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Brian Strait - Marek Zidlicky

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body), Jonathan Tavares (undisclosed)

Scratched: Taylor Beck


Mike Cammalleri - Adam Henrique - Lee Stempniak

Jiri Tlusty - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri

Sergey Kalinin - Jacob Josefson - Jordin Tootoo

Stephen Gionta - Brian O'Neill

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

John Moore - Damon Severson

Eric Gelinas - Jon Merrill

David Schlemko

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Injured: Tuomo Ruutu (foot), Patrik Elias (knee)

Scratched: Bobby Farnham, Stefan Matteau

Status report: Bernier will be out if Strome plays, Capuano said. … The Devils could insert Farnham into the lineup if Tlusty plays to go with 12 forwards and six defensemen. They have used 11 forwards and seven defensemen the past two games. Matteau will not take warmups.

Who's hot: Palmieri had three points on a goal and two assists and Zajac had two power-play goals in the Devils 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. … Nielsen has five points on three goals and two assists in the past three games. He has three goals in the past two games.


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