Kulemin will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Kulemin has just one assist in six games this season and will be replaced by Ryan Pulock as the Islanders go with seven defenseman in New York tonight.
Pulock will make his season debut on Thursday.
Pulock, 23, was a first round pick in 2013 and Islanders fans have been clamouring to get Pulock a full-time lineup spot, but he will make his season debut tonight as a seventh-defenseman. The 23-year-old had 46 points (15G / 31A) in 55 games with Bridgeport (AHL) last season but has just four points (2G / 2A) in 16 career NHL games. Pulock rotated with Johnny Boychuk on the top PP-unit in Wednesday’s practice.
Halak will start Thursday against the Rangers.
Halak allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Islanders’ 3-2 loss in Los Angeles on Sunday. Despite losing his last two starts while stopping 51 of 57 shots (.895 SV%), Halak will get the nod tonight in New York. In two starts against the Rangers last season, Halak was 1-1-0 while stopping 70 of 76 shots (.921 SV%).
Eberle (undisclosed) is questionable for this weekend's games after missing Friday's practice.
Eberle was banged up in the Islanders practice on Thursday and missed Friday’s session as a result. After the skate, Eberle told reporters that he should be OK for the weekend games but monitor his status during today’s morning skate to be sure.
Greiss will start Saturday in San Jose.
Greiss allowed two goals on 35 shots in the Islanders loss to the Blues on Monday. Greiss has started two of the first four games of this season, but is still looking for his first win after dropping his first two starts while allowing a combined seven goals on 61 shots (.885 SV%). Tonight he’ll take on a Sharks team that has gotten off to a sluggish start—averaging just 2.33 goals per game so far.
Halak will start Wednesday in Anaheim.
Halak gave up three goals on 29 shots in the Islanders win over the Sabres on Saturday. Thomas Greiss got the nod on Monday, so they’ll come back to Halak tonight in Anaheim. In one start and one relief appearance so far this season, Halak has stopped 37 of 40 shots (.925 SV%). Tonight he’ll take on a Ducks team that is 1-1-1 with 2.33 goals for per game so far.
Clutterbuck is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Clutterbuck came out of the lineup on Saturday because of a lower-body injury that he suffered on opening night. Clutterbuck will sit for a second straight game, which means the Islanders will go with the same lineup today vs. the Blues.
Greiss gets the nod Monday vs. the Blues.
Greiss was given the hook after giving up five goals on 26 shots in the Islanders’ season opener in Columbus. Despite the rough outing and Halak getting the ‘W’ on Saturday, the Islanders will go back to Greiss vs. the Blues this afternoon. The 31-year-old was 13-8-2 with a 2.57 GAA, .913 SV% and one shutout on home-ice last season.
Halak will start Saturday vs. the Buffalo Sabres.
Last season, Halak started the year 6-8-5 with a 3.23 GAA and .904 SV% and that led to him being placed on waivers and assigned to the AHL for a period of time. Upon his return to the NHL, Halak finished the season on a good note and comes into 2017-18 in a battle with Thomas Greiss for starts. Halak came in and replaced Greiss last night, stopping all 11 shots that he faced in the loss to the Blue Jackets. His first start comes against a Sabres team that lost in a shooting in their season opener.
Greiss will start the Islanders season opener in Columbus.
From October through January, Greiss was one of the best netminders in the NHL a season ago. In his first 25 starts he was 15-7-3 with a 2.24 GAA, .928 SV% and two shutouts, but then came crashing back to earth from February on. Entering 2017-18, he’ll once again be splitting starts with Jaroslav Halak which limits his fantasy upside, but he has shown he can be a serviceable fantasy asset so he’s worth taking a chance on. His season starts with a difficult matchup vs. a Columbus team who was among the Eastern Conference’s best last year.
Ho-Sang will be a healthy scratch for the season opener.
Throughout the last week, Ho-Sang was skating on the third line with Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier, but will sit in Columbus. The Islanders are going with an experienced lineup for opening night, meaning Jason Chimera will replace Ho-Sang in the lineup for at least one game.
Chimera will be in the Islanders opening night lineup.
Chimera has been skating as an extra forward since the end of training camp, but the Islanders will go with an experienced roster vs. the Blue Jackets, meaning Josh Ho-Sang will sit. Chimera is coming off of a shocking 20-goal, 13-assist season while shooting 16.5 percent.
The Islanders signed Adam Pelech to a four-year extension worth $6.4M ($1.6M AAV).