Craig Smith participated in this morning’s skate at Nassau Coliseum and Bruce Cassidy “anticipates” he’ll be in the lineup. Smith played in Game 1, but sustained a lower-body injury during the second period which caused him to miss Game 2.
As long as Smith is ready to go, he’ll be back on the second line and Jake DeBrusk will slide down to the third line. Karson Kuhlman would be the odd-man out.
Kevan Miller did not travel with the team, so not only will he miss tonight, he’ll also be out on Saturday.
Rask will start the game in net.
Here’s how lines and defensive pairings are projected to look:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall - David Krejci - Smith
Nick Ritchie - Charlie Coyle - DeBrusk
Sean Kuraly - Curtis Lazar - Chris Wagner
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly - Brandon Carlo
Jeremy Lauzon - Connor Clifton
Rask gets the start
For the Islanders, Barry Trotz said there were no changes to his lineup.
This is how the Isles are projected to look:
Leo Komarov – Mathew Barzal – Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier – Brock Nelson – Josh Bailey
Kyle Palmieri – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Travis Zajac
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech – Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy – Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene – Noah Dobson