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Islanders seek first win while Jets chase 3-0-0 start

by David Satriano

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


NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are looking for their first victory of the season Monday and will again be without goalie Jaroslav Halak.

The Islanders (0-1-1) play the Winnipeg Jets at Barclays Center and Thomas Greiss will be in net.

"Still day-to-day," Jack Capuano said of Halak. "Still skating early with our goaltending coaches. As we go on we'll figure out a game plan."

Halak sustained the injury Sept. 21 during a preseason game and missed most of training camp. In his absence, Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube, respectively, started the first two games of the season for the Islanders.

Winnipeg (2-0-0) has won each of its first two games on a four-game road trip, defeating the Boston Bruins 6-2 on Thursday and the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Friday. The Jets look for their first 3-0-0 start in franchise history.

"They are a big, physical team," Capuano said. "They can score goals. I'm not a big stat guy but their stats speak for themselves. We need to score some goals."

The Jets and Islanders may have gotten off to different starts but coach Paul Maurice noted his team needs to play the same way it has in the first two games.

"We are going to see a little different offensive group with what the Islanders have, so it's not going to look the same as it looked in the first couple of games," Maurice said. "I think we got better in the second game in terms of what we gave the other team. But for us, this is all a learning, building process."

Here are the projected lineups:


Anders Lee - John Tavares - Ryan Strome

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Brock Nelson - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolay Kulemin

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Brian Strait - Marek Zidlicky

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Jaroslav Halak (upper body), Thomas Hickey (upper body)

Scratched: Ryan Pulock, Steve Bernier


Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Nikolaj Ehlers

Alexander Burmistrov - Adam Lowry - Drew Stafford

Chris Thorburn - Andrew Copp - Nicolas Petan

Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back)

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Paul Postma, Anthony Peluso

Status report: Maurice said he is not expecting any lineup changes except in goal where Pavelec will start. … The Islanders' only change will be in goal, with Greiss starting.

Who's hot: Winnipeg has scored nine goals in its first two games and has allowed three goals on 52 shots. …Wheeler and Scheifele each have two goals. … Tavares has six goals and 19 points in 18 games against the Jets.


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