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New York aims to get above .500; Winnipeg hopes to rebound on home ice

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (3-3-0) at JETS (4-4-0)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

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

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

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

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: None

Injured: Bryan Little (concussion), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mark Letestu (undisclosed), Anthony Bitetto (undisclosed)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

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.


Stat pack

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.

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