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Preview: Wild at Islanders

Goalie Darcy Kuemper starts for Minnesota; defenseman Nick Leddy returns for New York

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

WILD (3-1-1) at ISLANDERS (2-3-0)

6 p.m. ET; FS-MN, FS-WI, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

Wild team scope

Goalie Darcy Kuemper will make his second start of the season for the Minnesota Wild. He allowed three goals on 30 shots in a 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The Wild held an optional morning skate Sunday following a 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and coach Bruce Boudreau said he may change his lines. "Anything's possible," Boudreau said. "I haven't really given it a lot of thought. We could tweak something. We've been playing pretty good. Guys are going to have bad games and guys are not going to be on top of their games but I think sometimes change is good, too, so we'll see as we talk this afternoon." Forward Joel Eriksson Ek scored in his NHL debut Saturday. "He played well," Boudreau said. "I was happy with him. He was a good player." Forward Zach Parise is one goal away from his 300th in the NHL. 

 

Islanders team scope

New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy, who missed the game Friday against the Arizona Coyotes with an upper-body injury, practiced Saturday and will play. Defenseman Ryan Pulock sustained a lower-body injury on Friday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Goaltender Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the second time this season. He made 26 saves on 28 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Oct. 15. "We've got three goalies here and they all have to play at some point. ... We have a lot of hockey coming up," Capuano said. New York is tied for 28th in the League in power-play percentage at 7.1 (1-for-14), but second on the penalty kill at 94.7 percent (18-for-19). This is the fourth game of a five game homestand for the Islanders, who are 2-1-0 so far.

 

Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle

Mikael Granlund -- Mikko Koivu -- Chris Stewart

Nino Niederreiter -- Zac Dalpe -- Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Teemu Pulkkinen

Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba  

Christian Folin -- Jonas Brodin  

Marco Scandella -- Nate Prosser

Darcy Kuemper

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Erik Haula

Injured: Jared Spurgeon (upper body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Andrew Ladd -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Anthony Beauvillier -- Ryan Strome -- Alan Quine

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Jaroslav Halak, Mathew Barzal

Injured: Shane Prince (lower body), Ryan Pulock (lower body)

 

Status report

The Wild will use the same lineup from Saturday, with the exception of Dubnyk in net. ... Islanders forward Eric Boulton cleared waivers and was assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

 

Who's hot

Suter has five points (one goal, four assists) in five games. ... Coyle has two goals and two assists in five games. ... Nelson has two goals and five points in five games. ...Clutterbuck has a goal and three assists in five games.

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