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Preview: Islanders at Blue Jackets

Columbus starts backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo; New York seeks third straight road win

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

ISLANDERS (29-21-10) at BLUE JACKETS (37-16-5)

5 p.m., ET; FS-O, MSG+2, NHL.TV

 

Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders are 2-0-0 on their nine-game trip. They are 9-13-4 on the road; 8-7-3 in their past 18 away games. Coach Doug Weight said Saturday he will dress the same lineup that defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Thursday, meaning that forward Shane Prince, who has been out six games with an upper-body injury but practiced Friday, won't play. Forward Cal Clutterbuck will be out for the 15th time in 20 games. Thomas Greiss, who made 24 saves in the win at Montreal, will start. The Islanders are 12-4-2 since Weight took over for Jack Capuano on Jan. 17 and are 7-3-0 in the past 10 games. They own the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference; New York and the Boston Bruins each have 68 points, but the Islanders have played one fewer game. The Islanders were last in the East on Jan. 17; their resurgence has been keyed by the line of Anders Lee, John Tavares and Josh Bailey. "They've had spans where you're going to rip it up, get 12 points in eight games or whatever," Weight told Newsday on Friday. "But just the way they've played, reliable. Not to harp on structure, but what they're doing in the neutral zone, to tracking, to breakouts, they're playing like a bunch of Selke Trophy-ists."

 

Blue Jackets team scope

The Columbus Blue Jackets will start backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo in their first game after a five-day break. They'll be missing forward Matt Calvert, who strained his oblique against the Nashville Predators on Sunday and is week to week. Calvert has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in 51 games. Forward Markus Hannikainen was recalled Friday from Cleveland of the American Hockey League. He has played seven games with the Blue Jackets this season and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 21 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He played his first four NHL games last season for Columbus without a point. Based on practice Friday, Hannikainen will play left wing on the third line with center William Karlsson and Josh Anderson. Also, rookie forward Lukas Sedlak was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 17 when he strained his oblique against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets, 10-11-1 in their past 22 games since a 16-game winning streak, hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and are one point behind the New York Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets are 1-for-20 on the power play in their past eight games.

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Brock Nelson -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Ryan Strome

Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Bracken Kearns -- Stephen Gionta

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

 Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Adam Pelech

Injured: Travis Hamonic (lower body), Shane Prince (upper body), Casey Cizikas (upper body), Cal Clutterbuck (lower body)

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Markus Hannikainen -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Sam Gagner -- Brandon Saad

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Markus Nutivaara -- Ryan Murray

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Scott Harrington

Injured: Lukas Sedlak (oblique), Matt Calvert (oblique)

 

Status report

Weight said Prince, Clutterbuck and Hamonic will skate at practice Monday. The Islanders have four days off before resuming their road trip against the Dallas Stars. ... Korpisalo was recalled from Cleveland on Friday. He was sent down during the Blue Jackets' break. Bobrovsky is likely to start Sunday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

 

Who's hot

Tavares has scored in three straight games. He has 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in the past 21 games. Lee has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the past 12 games. Ladd has four goals in his past five games. … Dubinsky has three goals and five assists in the past seven games. Jones has six assists in a four-game point streak. Wennberg has four assists in the past three games. Werenski has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past three games.

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