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Preview: Islanders at Ducks

Anthony Beauvillier gets chance on New York's top line; goalie Jonathan Bernier likely starter for Anaheim

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (5-8-4) at DUCKS (9-7-3)

10 p.m. ET; SN, PRIME, MSG+, NHL.TV

Islanders team scope

New York Islanders right wing Anthony Beauvillier will play on the top line with center John Tavares and left wing Josh Bailey. Coach Jack Capuano made the decision to use Beauvillier after talking with some of New York's leaders. "It's not that they set the lines, that's a coach's decision, but it's interesting to see what they have to say to try to get us going," Capuano said. "He's worked extremely hard, he does all the right things, and he deserves this opportunity. If you look at his points-per-minutes, he'd probably be up there with our top guys if he played a lot more. So he's going to get that opportunity." Forward Ryan Strome moves to the second line, and Alan Quine will play at center on the third line. The Islanders begin a three-game West Coast trip looking for their first win on the road (0-4-1). "We're trying to string a few together, and it starts tonight with a good, gritty road win," forward Anders Lee said.

Ducks team scope

Goalie Jonathan Bernier likely will start for the Anaheim Ducks. Bernier, who wasn't on the ice during an optional morning skate, has won three straight starts. The Ducks did not take line rushes, but Rickard Rakell was on th left wing with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry during practice Monday. Defenseman Shea Theodore was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Coach Randy Carlyle didn't say whether Theodore would play, but he wants to see Theodore's offensive prowess, especially on the power play. "With most young players, when they come into your lineup, the trust factor has to be earned," Carlyle said. "It's not given. He has to be out there earning the trust of the coaching staff so we can put him in more situations than he's been in previously. We know he can run a power play, we know he's a guy who can step out onto the blue line and make plays from the top and can shoot the puck effectively." The Ducks are looking for a faster start after falling behind 3-0 in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. "Last game wasn't where we wanted to be," Perry said. "Having only eight shots through 35 minutes is tough. We have to go out and find it."

Islanders projected lineup

Josh Bailey -- John Tavares -- Anthony Beauvillier

Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome

Anders Lee -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Andrew Ladd -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Jaroslav Halak, Scott Mayfield, Shane Prince

Injured: Mikhail Grabovski (concussion), Ryan Pulock (lower body), Dennis Seidenberg (upper body)

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Kevin Bieksa -- Shea Theodore

Jonathan Bernier

John Gibson

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Joseph Cramarossa (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body), Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)

Status report

Greiss will start against Anaheim, and Halak likely will be in net against Los Angeles on Wednesday, Capuano said. … Carlyle gave no updates on Stoner or Cramarossa except to say each remains unavailable.

Who's hot

Tavares has six assists but no goals in his past 10 games. … Silfverberg has 10 points in his past eight games. … Getzlaf has six assists in seven games. … Kesler has 10 points in 10 games.

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