Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec will make his first NHL start Tuesday against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Mazanec, who was called up when Pekka Rinne went on injured reserve with a hip infection, made his NHL debut Nov. 8, when he stopped 22 of 24 shots after relieving Carter Hutton 8:23 into the Predators' 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 8.
A 2012 sixth-round pick (No. 179), Mazanec was 5-0-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in five games this season with the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Predators won't have Gabriel Bourque in the lineup. The forward left the team to return to Nashville to be with his wife, who had gone into labor with the couple's first child. According to The Tennessean, Bourque received a call at 4 a.m. Tuesday informing him of the impending arrival of the baby, and the team's manager of hockey operations, Brandon Walker, got Bourque on a 6 a.m. fight back to Nashville.
Here is how the rest of the Predators' lineup could look like, as well as what the Islanders likely will go with:
Viktor Stalberg - Colin Wilson - Nick Spaling
Eric Nystrom - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Gabriel Bourque - Matt Cullen - Craig Smith
Rich Clune - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks
Seth Jones - Shea Weber
Roman Josi - Kevin Klein
Victor Bartley - Ryan Ellis
Scratched: Gabriel Bourque, Mattias Ekholm
Injured: Pekka Rinne (hip), Mike Fisher (lower body)
Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Peter Regin - Colin McDonald
Cal Clutterbuck - Casey Cizikas - Matt Martin
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Matt Donovan
Aaron Ness - Matt Carkner
Scratched: Radek Martinek, Eric Boulton
Injured: Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion), Brian Strait (upper body), Thomas Vanek (upper body)