Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
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Uniondale, N.Y. -- The Islanders will play their one and only preseason game of the year at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.
The Isles defeated the Ottawa Senators twice in St. Johns, Newfoundland on Monday. Jack Capuano tinkered with the lines again for wednesday's exhibition contest. Josh Bailey and Nikolay Kulemin will not play. Capuano will start Jaroslav Halak and said he will likely let him play the entire game. "It could change, but that's the mindset right now to let him go sixty," Capuano said after the morning skate.
Additional changes include Mikhail Grabovski moving to the top line to play wing with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. During the second game of Monday's double header against the Senators Bailey was in that spot.
"I thought [Grobavski] showed what he is all about on Monday," Tavares said. "Using his speed, his skill and he's a smart hockey player. He goes to the dirty areas as well and gets his nose in there. He brings a lot to the table and looking forward to playing with him."
Below are the lines and defensive pairings from the morning skate:
Mikhail Grabovski-John Tavares-Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Ryan Strome
Cory Conacher-Frans Nielsen-Jack Skille
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Griffin Reinhart-Lubomir Visnovsky
Aaron Ness-Thomas Hickey
Ville Pokka-TJ Brennan