Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It is a battle of two undefeated teams at Nassau Coliseum.
The San Jose Sharks and the Islanders have both started the year 3-0-0, something the Islanders have not done since 2001-02. The sharks hot start is nothing new for them as they began last season winning six games in a row and the year before that they won seven straight to start the year.
The Islanders will try have a better start than they did on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, where they beat the Rangers 6-3. Hot hand Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Islanders against the Sharks and the forward lines that have been seen through the first three games will be out there again.
What is up in the air is the defense. Both injured defenseman Calvin de Haan and Lubomir Visnovsky were on the ice Thursday for morning skate. Visnovsky is still not ready to come back, but de Haan might be.
"I feel fine," de Haan told Islanders Point Blank following the skate at Nassau Coliseum. "It's up to the coaching staff and the management at this point. I feel like I can play, but at this point it's up to them."
Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will make a decision on defense depending on the health of de Haan.
The Sharks will likely use the same lines as their previous game, but it sounds like defenseman Scott Hannan may not play. Below are the Islanders' lines for tonight:
Corey Conacher – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski – Brock Nelson – Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey – Frans Nielsen – Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck