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Greene expected to make debut for New York; Arizona has point in nine of past 10 at home

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (33-18-6) at COYOTES (29-24-8)

4 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

Andy Greene is expected to make his debut with the New York Islanders when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Monday.

The 37-year-old defenseman was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday for defenseman David Quenneville and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Greene, who has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 53 games this season, had played his entire 14-season NHL career with the Devils and was their captain the past five seasons.

New York has been shut out in the first two games of its four-game road trip, losing 5-0 to the Nashville Predators on Thursday and 1-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, when it was outshot 43-19.

Arizona is coming off a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday after losing nine of its previous 11 games (2-6-3).


Players to watch

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past 13 games.

Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"They're very well structured, they play hard, they play a team game. When I first came into the League with the Devils, that's how we played, and I'm very comfortable with that." -- Islanders defenseman Andy Greene 

"It's details, right, and we lacked that this month. Our identity slipped away, and we knew that. We got to get back to this type of hockey, the games where everyone contributes. We've just got to embrace who we are." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet 


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Ross Johnston -- Leo Komarov -- Matt Martin

Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Devon Toews -- Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Andy Greene -- Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Kieffer Bellows, Cole Bardreau, Noah Dobson

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist), Adam Pelech (Achilles), Casey Cizikas (leg laceration)


Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Clayton Keller -- Nick Schmaltz -- Phil Kessel

Carl Soderberg -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Antti Raanta

Adin Hill

Scratched: Michael Grabner, Barrett Hayton

Injured: Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Jason Demers (lower body)


Status report

Neither team practiced Sunday. … The Islanders reassigned defenseman Sebastian Aho to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. … Kuemper, a goalie, was expected to return last week before suffering a setback Tuesday in Montreal. He is week to week.


Stat pack

Nelson has gone seven games without a goal (five assists in that span). … Arizona is 6-1-3 in its past 10 home games. … Richardson will play in his 800th NHL game. … Keller doesn't have a goal in his past 17 games (four assists).

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