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Nilsson gets rare start as Islanders face Flyers

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

When the New York Islanders close out a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, goaltender Anders Nilsson will make his first NHL start in more than a month. He last suited up for the Islanders on Dec. 9 in a 5-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Nilsson was reassigned to the American Hockey League in December when Evgeni Nabokov returned from an injury and went 2-6-1 since going back to Bridgeport. He was brought back up Jan. 6 after Nabokov sustained a lower-body injury against the Dallas Stars

Kevin Poulin has since tended the crease in every game, going 5-2-0. He will get a rest Monday against Philadelphia. Ray Emery will get the start in net for the Flyers.

Here are the projected lineups for the Flyers and Islanders:

FLYERS

Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Scott Hartnell - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Vincent Lecavalier

Steve Downie - Adam Hall - Jay Rosehill

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn

Mark Streit - Nicklas Grossmann

Luke Schenn - Andrej Meszaros

Ray Emery

Steve Mason

Scratched: Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson, Chris VandeVelde

Injured: Zac Rinaldo (ankle)

ISLANDERS

Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Cal Clutterbuck

Michael Grabner - Brock Nelson - Colin McDonald

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Eric Boulton

Brian Strait - Andrew MacDonald

Matt Donovan - Calvin de Haan

Thomas Hickey - Matt Carkner

Anders Nilsson

Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Peter Regin, Radek Martinek

Injured: Evgeni Nabokov (lower body), Travis Hamonic (upper body), Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion)

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