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Winnipeg aims for fourth straight win; New York forward Bailey one point from 400 in NHL

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

JETS (16-8-2) at ISLANDERS (13-9-3)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will seek their fourth straight win when they play the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

It's the first of eight remaining home games for the Islanders this season at Barclays Center. Their 20 other home games will be played at Nassau Coliseum.

 

Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele was named NHL First Star of the Week on Monday. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.

Islanders forward Josh Bailey is one point from 400 in the NHL.

 

They said it

"I think we're expecting another tough game. For some reason, every time we come into this building it's a tough game for us. We're expecting a battle and I think we want to help out [goalie Connor Hellebuyck] a bit more tonight and tighten things up. But for the most part it should be a good game." -- Jets center Bryan Little

"They have a lot of guys up front that are really dynamic; a lot of size, a lot of speed and they're very skilled as well. It's definitely going to be a challenge for us. We're looking forward to it." -- Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Brendan Lemieux -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Jack Roslovic -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Cameron Schilling -- Tyler Myers

Sami Niku -- Ben Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Nic Petan, Nelson Nogier

Injured: Andrew Copp (undisclosed), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Dustin Byfuglien (concussion), Joe Morrow (lower body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Adam Pelech -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Christopher Gibson

Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston

Injured: Robin Lehner (lower body), Andrew Ladd (lower body)

 

Status report

Jets coach Paul Maurice said Copp isn't "feeling great, so we'll hold him out." Copp will be replaced by Lemieux and will be evaluated when the Jets return to Winnipeg on Wednesday. … Kulikov will be re-evaluated Friday before the Jets play the St. Louis Blues. He hasn't played since Nov. 9. … Lehner will not be available for the Islanders. "He tweaked a little something," coach Barry Trotz said. "Nothing to be concerned of. Just won't be in tonight. A little bit precautionary I guess." With Lehner unavailable, Gibson was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and forward Stephen Gionta was sent to Bridgeport. 

 

Stat pack

The Jets have scored at least four goals in three straight games. … Wheeler has nine points (one goal, eight assits) during a five-game point streak. … New York hasn't scored in its past 15 power-play opportunities. … The Islanders are 11-5-1 against the Jets since the franchise moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011.

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