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Beauvillier replaces Ho-Sang in New York lineup; San Jose continues road trip

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SHARKS (3-3-0) at ISLANDERS (3-3-1)



The Game

New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier will play after being a healthy scratch for the past three games when they host the San Jose Sharks at Barclays Center on Saturday. 

Beauvillier, a first-round pick (No. 28) at the 2015 NHL Draft, has one goal in four games this season.

Beauvillier hasn't played since a 3-2 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 11. He will replace forward Joshua Ho-Sang, who was benched for most of the third period and did not play in overtime of the Islanders' 4-3 shootout win at the New York Rangers on Thursday.

The Sharks will play their second game in as many nights following a 3-0 win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. It's the second of a five-game road trip for San Jose, which played its first five games of the season at home.

It's also the second time in eight days the Sharks and Islanders will play against each other; New York won 3-1 at SAP Center on Oct. 14.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has scored in back-to-back games. They were his first two goals of the season; he has four points in six games.

Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored his team-leading fourth goal on Thursday. He has five points in seven games.


They said it

"Our group is ready for the road. We played five games at home and traditionally been a good road team, so it's nice to get on the road and new players to get to know each other. -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

"Their core has been there for a long time. Watching the game [Friday] night, they're a good, strong team. They've got good players that can hurt you when you make mistakes." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight on the Sharks 


Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Melker Karlsson

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker

Joonas Donskoi -- Ryan Carpenter -- Jannik Hansen

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Barclay Goodrow, Dylan DeMelo, Joel Ward

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Dennis Seidenberg

Ryan Pulock

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Joshua Ho-Sang, Nikolay Kulemin

Injured: Alan Quine (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)


Status report

DeBoer confirmed after the game Friday that Dell will make his third start of the season and second against the Islanders; he made 20 saves last Saturday. … The Islanders will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen for a second straight game. … Mayfield is "a little banged up," according to Weight, so Seidenberg will play for the first time since the season opener at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 6.


Stat pack

Thornton moved into 21st place on the NHL's all-time list Friday with his 1,395th career point. He's three points from tying Jari Kurri for 20th place. … Tavares has gone five games without a point. … The Islanders scored their first power-play goal of the season Thursday. They are 1-for-23 with the man-advantage.

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