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Islanders' Halak out vs. Maple Leafs

Greiss to start in goal for New York; Parenteau returns for Toronto

by MIke Brophy / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (37-20-7) at MAPLE LEAFS (21-33-11)

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

TORONTO -- Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the New York Islanders Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that No. 1 goaltender Jaroslav Halak will be out for at least six weeks because of a lower-body injury.

Halak had to leave the Islanders' 2-1 defeat of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday because of a lower-body injury sustained with 4:22 left in the third period.
In 29 games this season Greiss is 18-6-3 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

The Maple Leafs will have forward PA Parenteau back in the lineup after a five-game absence because of a hand injury.

Parenteau said he wasn't sure if he'd make his return wearing another uniform. Being traded prior to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 29 was a possibility.

"It was kind of weird," Parenteau said about not being traded. "But at the same time I have said I enjoy Toronto and I am happy to be here even after the trade deadline. We have a young team now with a lot of talent and I want to be a part of it and help the kids grow into their games."

The 32-year-old right wing, who spent two seasons with the Islanders (2010-12), is second on the Maple Leafs with 16 goals and third with 32 points in 60 games. Parenteau signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs last summer and is intent on continuing his career beyond this season, either with Toronto or elsewhere.

"I'm going to try to finish strong personally and try to help the team gets some wins," Parenteau said. "Like I said, there's not that many veterans here now so helping the young kids to grow their game is something I'll be doing too."

Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Parenteau has taken huge strides toward earning an NHL contract for next season.

"He has done a lot of really good things here," Babcock said. "He has scored for us, he has played hard for us, he has back-checked for us. Now he's got to do the same thing. One thing I know about the League is it's a fair League; you do good things and everyone's looking for players. Just because you don't have a contract at the end of the season doesn't mean you won't get one. This guy has played real hard. So what I would do if I were him is continue to play hard."

The Islanders went 6-1-0 on a seven-game road trip and beat the Penguins on Tuesday in their first game back. They've won four straight and are three points behind the New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Babcock watched the Islanders play Tuesday and said he knows his team, which has lost six straight (0-5-1) faces a tough challenge.

"We are playing the Islanders and we expect to win," Babcock said. "They were in Brooklyn last night and I imagine they got in late. I hope they got in really, really late. They played a good game. I thought they were good offensively, defensively, on the power play, on the penalty kill. They are a good team with good depth. They are going to be a challenge for us."

Here are the projected lineups:


Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Ryan Strome

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee - Nikolay Kulemin - Shane Prince

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey - Travis Hamonic

Brian Strait - Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Jaroslav Halak (lower body) Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), Calvin de Haan (lower body), Marek Zidlicky (upper body)

Scratched: Steve Bernier, Eric Boulton


Nikita Soshnikov - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

PA Parenteau - William Nylander - Zach Hyman

Milan Michalek - Peter Holland - Michael Grabner

Colin Greening - Brooks Laich - Ben Smith

TJ Brennan - Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner - Frank Corrado

Martin Marincin - Connor Carrick

Garret Sparks

Jonathan Bernier

Injured: Stephane Robidas (lower body), Joffrey Lupul (middle body), James van Riemsdyk (foot fracture), Jared Cowen (hip tightness), Tyler Bozak (upper body), Byron Froese (broken hand), Matt Hunwick (sports hernia), Viktor Loov (lower body)
Scratched: Brad Boyes

Status report: Brennan was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to replace Loov, who had been recalled Tuesday to replace Hunwick, who will miss the remainder of the season because of a sports hernia. Brennan leads the Marlies with 55 points in 59 games. … Berube last played Feb. 6.

Who's hot: Leddy has five assists in the past three games. …Okposo has two goals and four assists in his past four games. … Lee has three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. … Nielsen has one goal and five assists during a three-game point streak.

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