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Eberle expected to play for New York; Backup Dell in goal for San Jose

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (1-2-1) AT SHARKS (1-2-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle expects to play against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday after sustaining an upper-body injury in practice on Thursday. However, Islanders coach Doug Weight, who said tests revealed a pinched nerve but no structural damage, hadn't decided whether he would be in the lineup.

Forward Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) who has missed three games, also skated and will be a game time decision. Goaltender Thomas Greiss will make his third start.

Sharks backup goaltender Aaron Dell will make his first start of the season. He was 2-0-0 against the Islanders last season, allowing four goals on 51 shots. 


Players to watch

Greiss, who played for the Sharks from 2007-13 is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in two career games against San Jose, each at SAP Center.

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl moved from third-line center to second line left wing in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. He scored a goal and led San Jose in shots (five) and hits (five). 


They said it

"I think we have two good goalies that we trust. When you have two guys that I feel very comfortable with and they're very confident and they've had good camps, why wouldn't you use that rested guy and then we'll keep making decisions as we go." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight on goaltenders Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak

"I did get a little bit of a feel for it in a period and however long I played against L.A. Kind of got that little taste, a little bit of nerves out of the way." -- Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell, who stopped nine shots in relief of Martin Jones in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7 and will make his first start this season.


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Nikolay Kulemin -- Mathew Barzal -- Jason Chimera

Anthony Beauvillier -- Casey Cizikas -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (lower body), Alan Quine (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)


Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Joonas Donskoi -- Chris Tierney -- Timo Meier

Melker Karlsson -- Ryan Carpenter -- Jannik Hansen

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Barclay Goodrow, Dylan DeMelo, Joel Ward

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle)


Status report

Quine is on the trip and practicing. He is expected to need a conditioning stint at Bridgeport of the American Hockey League before returning. ... San Jose will use the same forward lines and defensive pairs they used on Thursday.


Stat pack

The Islanders are 0-for-15 on the power play. ... Burns has no goals, one assist and a minus-5 rating through three games. 

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