ISLANDERS (23-9-3) at BLACKHAWKS (15-17-6)
8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV
Robin Lehner will face the New York Islanders for the first time since signing with the Chicago Blackhawks when they meet at United Center on Friday.
A finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL last season, Lehner signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks on July 1. He's 9-6-4 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 21 games (19 starts) this season for Chicago, 3-2-0 in its past five games following a four-game winning streak.
The Islanders are 1-2-1 in their past four games after going 4-1-0 in their previous five games.
Players to watch
Islanders center Mathew Barzal has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game goal/point streak.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past six games and is one goal from tying Denis Savard (377) for fourth place on Chicago's all-time list.
They said it
"He's a really good goalie. It's going to be a tough test for us tonight because I know he's going to be on his game." -- Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on facing former teammate, Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner
"I don't want to let some of these guys score on me. I've been pretty good against former teams, so hopefully I'll keep that going today." -- Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle
Josh Bailey -- Brock Nelson -- Michael Dal Colle
Anthony Beauvillier -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl
Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov
Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Scratched: Noah Dobson, Ross Johnston
Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- John Quenneville
Alex Nylander -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Ryan Carpenter
Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Matthew Highmore
Duncan Keith -- Erik Gustafsson
Slater Koekkoek -- Connor Murphy
Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert
Scratched: Dylan Sikura
Injured: Adam Boqvist (right shoulder), Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Brandon Saad (right ankle), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)
Mayfield is in for Dobson after being out Monday with the flu. … New York returned forward Andrew Ladd to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League after he had a team-high five hits in 9:53 during a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. … Koekkoek will play his first game since Dec. 8. … Boqvist's injury is minor, Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said.
Lee has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … Eberle has 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 26 games against Chicago. … The Blackhawks are 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in their past four games. … Keith needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.