ISLANDERS (3-3-0) at JETS (4-4-0)
8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG+, NHL.TV
The New York Islanders will try to get above .500 for the first time this season when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.
New York has won two straight games and won 4-1 against Winnipeg at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 6.
The Jets have been outscored 11-4 in losing the first two games of a six-game homestand. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start after allowing four goals on 35 shots in a 4-2 loss against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.
Players to watch
Islanders forward Anders Lee has an eight-game goal streak against the Jets since the 2015-16 season.
Jets forward Patrik Laine has points in seven of eight games (three goals, nine assists) and an assist in each of his past two.
They said it
"We needed to get on the road a little bit. I thought we were getting a little stale through training camp, and the early part of our schedule was home-heavy, and I thought we became a little stale." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz
"Losing two in a row on home ice leaves a bad taste in your mouth. There's all the motivation we need to come out tonight and play the right way and compete as hard as we can." -- Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Tom Kuhnhackl
Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Michael Dal Colle
Josh Bailey -- Derick Brassard -- Oliver Wahlstrom
Ross Johnston -- Leo Komarov -- Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk
Scratched: Matt Martin, Noah Dobson
Injured: Casey Cizikas (lower body), Jordan Eberle (undisclosed), Andrew Ladd (knee)
Jets projected lineup
Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor -- Andrew Copp -- Nikolaj Ehlers
Mathieu Perreault -- Adam Lowry -- Jack Roslovic
Gabriel Bourque -- David Gustafsson -- Mason Appleton
Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman
Carl Dahlstrom -- Neal Pionk
Ville Heinola -- Dmitry Kulikov
Injured: Bryan Little (concussion), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mark Letestu (undisclosed), Anthony Bitetto (undisclosed)
Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien
Little will be held out as a precaution. He skated on a line with Connor and Ehlers on Wednesday and again during the Jets' optional morning skate. … Bitetto left during the second period Tuesday and did not return.
Nelson has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games. … Jets coach Paul Maurice needs one win for 700 in the NHL. He's third behind Joel Quenneville (892) and Trotz (813) among active NHL coaches and seventh all-time.