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Greiss in goal as Capuano chases 200

Islanders coach aims for milestone win against Jets

by Patrick Williams / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (34-20-7) at JETS (26-32-4)

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

WINNIPEG -- Goaltender Thomas Greiss will make his second consecutive start when the New York Islanders visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Thursday.


Greiss had a 33-save outing in a 3-2 road win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, earning him another start.

The Islanders have won five of their past six games and will dress the same lineup.

However, Islanders coach Jack Capuano will also change his first and third lines, moving Brock Nelson to the left side of the first line with center John Tavares and right wing Ryan Strome. Left wing Shane Prince will shift to the third line. Nikolay Kulemin will slide into center on the line and Anders Lee will move to the right wing.

"We haven't played that well, to be honest with you," said Capuano, who is one win shy of 200 for his career (199-168-53). "We've had a little puck luck along the way.

"I think our [competitiveness] needs to increase a little bit. But more importantly, we've got to shoot some pucks. We're getting possession time, which is good, but at the end of the day we have some guys who have decreased in [production] simply because we're not getting pucks and bodies to the net."

Michael Hutchinson will start in net for Winnipeg. No lineup changes are planned.

Jets coach Paul Maurice explained his reasoning for putting Mathieu Perreault on the left side of Winnipeg's second line.

"Perreault is really starting to get to the point where he is starting to feel good," Maurice said. "A couple of weeks ago, he wasn't. There is more wear and tear on a guy in the middle."

Matching a fast Islanders team will be a key focus for the Jets.

"It's super-critical," forward Adam Lowry said. "Any time we're moving at a high speed and have a lot of pace in our game, where we're on the puck, on the forecheck, creating turnovers and getting out of our zone quickly, I think that's a big thing."

Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele has taken over first-line duties, and Tavares will be a challenge.

"[Scheifele is] maturing as a player and starting to prove himself and find his game," Tavares said. "For me, anyone I play against, I try to be as prepared as I can be and approach it the same."

Here are the projected lineups:

Shane Prince - John Tavares - Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak

Injured: Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), Adam Pelech (upper body)
Scratched: Steve Bernier, Jean-Francois Berube, Eric Boulton, Brian Strait, Marek Zidlicky

Nikolaj Ehlers - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Burmistrov - Drew Stafford
Marko Dano - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia
Chris Thorburn - Andrew Copp - Anthony Peluso

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Jacob Trouba - Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot - Paul Postma

Michael Hutchinson
Ondrej Pavelec

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Bryan Little (neck), Mark Stuart (hand)
Scratched: Matt Halischuk

Status report: Before Tuesday, Jaroslav Halak had started the previous four games…Hutchinson and Pavelec have alternated the past four starts.

Who's hot: Cizikas has a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists)…Byfuglien has a six-game point streak (one goals, five assists).

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