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Preview: Sharks at Islanders

Goalie Aaron Dell to make NHL debut for San Jose; center Casey Cizikas should play for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SHARKS (2-1-0) at ISLANDERS (1-2-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 
Sharks team scope

Goalie Aaron Dell, 27, is expected to make his NHL debut after Martin Jones allowed five goals on 27 shots in San Jose's 7-4 loss at the New York Rangers on Monday. Dell went 17-16-6 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 40 games with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League last season. The Sharks went 1-for-4 on the power play Monday and are 3-for-12 this season. "They [the Rangers] were a good team [Tuesday] too," defenseman Brent Burns said Monday. "Our power play's got to get us one. We've just got to get in the zone and start doing what we do. I think it's just poise, doing what we usually do. We've just got to find it. We've got to work, communicate. I think those are the little things that we're making other teams look better."

 

Islanders team scope

Center Casey Cizikas participated in the morning skate Tuesday and should be able to play. Cizikas was struck on the side of his leg with a slap shot by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler on Sunday and did not play in the third period. "That night after it happened, the pain didn't really go away. It was kind of maintaining the level where it first hit me," Cizikas said. "It was a little worrisome at the start, but the trainers have done a great job of helping me get better and making it feel up to par where I can go out there and contribute to the team and not put anybody at risk."

 

Sharks projected lineup

Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker -- Logan Couture -- Joonas Donskoi

Patrick Marleau -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Michael Haley -- Tommy Wingels -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Matt Nieto Ryan Carpenter

Injured: None

 

Islanders projected lineup

Andrew Ladd -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Anthony Beauvillier -- Alan Quine -- Ryan Strome

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Mathew Barzal

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Shane Prince (lower body)

 

Status report

The Sharks, who are playing the third of a five-game road trip, did not hold a morning skate after playing Monday. … Halak will make his second straight start and third in four games. The Islanders still have six defensemen and three goaltenders on their roster, and coach Jack Capuano said he hopes to find a start for Berube at some point in the near future. Greiss got the start in a 2-1 loss at the Washington Capitals on Saturday. "You don't want a guy to sit for a long period of time because he's a big part of our team, and I understand it's a tough situation for him," Capuano said. "At the same time, with the three guys that we have, we're going to have to sit down and look at the situation and try to get him in as well."

 

Who's hot

Burns had two goals and an assist, and Pavelski had a goal and three assists Monday. Burns has three goals and three assists in three games. … Clutterbuck (one goal, two assists) and Nelson (two goals, one assist) each has three points in three games.

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