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NASHVILLE, TN– After winning their last two contests, the New York Islanders (11-6-0) take on the Nashville Predators (7-8-1) Thursday night. Puck drop is slated for 8:00 PM ET at Bridgestone Arena.

As mentioned, the New York Islanders have won their last two games, outscoring their opponents 8-5. Like the Islanders, the Predators have also won two straight, outscoring their opponents 4-2.

New York was on the ice for optional morning skate, with a perfect attendance. There was no call-up, as the Islanders are rocking a 22-man roster.

Josh Bailey skated with the extras as Ross Johnston will be in the lineup for a second straight night.

“Josh is a huge part of our team going forward, huge part of the leadership group,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said. “And sometimes, there are certain decisions that happen, and players just have to deal with it, and we have to deal with it, but he’s a huge part of our team moving forward.”
Ross Johnston played well and has earned himself another crack.
“I thought he played really well. You know, he got in on the forecheck. He used his side, his physicality. So, clearly, you know, our opponent tonight is a bigger team, and it’s a good opportunity potentially for him to be in,” Lambert said.
Ilya Sorokin was in the starters net and was the first goaltender off the ice at morning skate and will start against the Predators. He will make his second career start against the Predators (1-0-0, .913 SV%, 1.85 GAA)

For Nashville, netminder Juuse Saros was in the starter’s crease at their morning skate and was the first goaltender off the ice. He will make his 13th start of the season and his seventh career start against the Islanders.

He’s 5-1-0 against New York, with a 2.31 GAA and a .916 SV%.

The Islanders will see former teammate Nino Niederreiter, who was traded to the Minnesota Wild in 2013, in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck.

Former New York Rangers captain and current Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh will skate in his 800th career NHL game.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)

Zach Parise— Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom

Anders Lee — Brock Nelson — Anthony Beauvillier

Ross Johnston — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Kyle Palmieri

Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock

Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson

Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

NASHVILLE PREDATORS LINES (PROJECTED)

Filip Forsberg — Juuso Parssinen — Mikael Granlund

Nino Niederreiter — Ryan Johansen — Matt Duchene

Yakov Trenin — Mark Jankowski — Tanner Jeannot

Cole Smith — Colton Sissons — Eeli Tolvanen

Roman Josi — Dante Fabbro

Mattias Ekholm — Alexandre Carrier

Ryan McDonagh — Jeremy Lauzon

Juuse Saros

Kevin Lankinen

DRAFTKINGS BETTING CORNER

Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Nashville Predators? You can get the Islanders at -105, +275 on the reverse puck line. The Predators come in at -115, +195 on the puck line.

The over for the contest is 5.5 at -12, with the under at +100.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!

HOW TO WATCH

Thursday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.

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