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Golden Knights at Islanders preview

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (17-14-1) at ISLANDERS (14-11-4)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Joshua Ho-Sang could make his season debut with the New York Islanders when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old forward was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Sunday and is its leading scorer with 22 points (two goals, 20 assists) in 26 games.

Vegas, which has won eight of its past 10 games, is beginning a four-game road trip. 

 

Players to watch

Golden Knights center William Karlsson has scored five goals in his past eight games after scoring five in his first 24. 

Islanders goalie Robin Lehner has allowed two goals on 60 shots in his past two starts (.967 save percentage).

 

They said it

“First one’s huge. I think we’ve been better and better at focusing on the game in hand and not focusing too far ahead. I think this is going to be a good test tonight. Just don’t think about anything else than tonight’s game. It is a four-game road trip, but the most important game is tonight.” — Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

“They’re playing that type of hockey that you expect Vegas to play. They’re a big team that skates very well, they check very well. They take the puck to the net and they create chaos around your crease all the time because of the big bodies. I think [Marc-Andre Fleury] is obviously one of the top goalies in this league. He looks like he’s back in form. They’re a very good hockey team and they look like the team that went to the Finals last year.” — Islanders coach Barry Trotz

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

Max PaciorettyCody EakinAlex Tuch

Tomas NosekRyan CarpenterOscar Lindberg

William Carrier — Pierre Edouard-Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt

Shea TheodoreDeryk Engelland

Nick HoldenColin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Reid Duke , Brad Hunt, Jon Merrill

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Paul Stastny (lower body)

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders LeeBrock NelsonJordan Eberle

Anthony BeauvillierMathew BarzalJosh Bailey

Ross JohnstonValtteri Filppula — Joshua Ho-Sang

Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk

Thomas HickeyRyan Pulock

Adam PelechScott Mayfield

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Luca Sbisa

Injured: Leo Komarov (stiffness), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Andrew Ladd (lower body)

 

Status report

Statsny, who has missed 29 consecutive games, practiced Tuesday and remained on the ice after the morning skate, a sign he is not quite ready to return. … Clutterbuck and Eberle, who were injured late in the Islanders’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, are expected to play. … Komarov did not participate in the morning skate but is a game-time decision. … Kuhnhackl remains day to day. … Ladd has yet to resume skating and there is still no timetable for his return. He has been out since Nov. 13.

 

Stat pack

Smith has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his past 12 games, Pacioretty has eight goals and six assists in his past 11 and Tuch has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10. … The Islanders swept the two-game season series against the Golden Knights in 2017-18. … Barzal has an assist in back-to-back games.

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