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Islanders vs. Blackhawks: Betting odds, lineups, Robin Lehner in other crease

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 21: Robin Lehner #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks tends goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 21: Robin Lehner #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks tends goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – APRIL 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on April 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lineups

New York Islanders

Anthony Beauvillier is pulled off of Brock Nelson‘s hip for the first time in a while. Ideally, the move gets Derick Brassard going. Brassard only has one 5on5 point over that last 12 games.

Ladd was sent back to Bridgeport on loan which means the Isles much prefer the options they have. Hopefully, Dal Colle can recapture that form he had in the first period against the Sabres.

Semyon Varlamov gets the start, meaning the goalie rotation is back, as it should. The Islanders two goalies perform better when they split starts.

Chicago Blackhawks

Drake Caggiula won’t be playing tonight. The former Edmonton Oilers forward is still dealing with concussion symptoms. Meaning Dylan Sikura probably steps in for duties on the third line.

On the back end, the Blackhawks will be relying on a hodgepodge group of players. Brent Seabrooke and Calvin de Haan are both out for the season. Leaving the Blackhawks blue line to look something like the following:

Keith-Murphy
Koekkoek-Gustafsson
Maatta-Gilbert

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In the crease, we find our friend Robin Lehner. Again, Lehner has played well this season and he’ll be “up for it” against his former team. The Islanders just have to make sure Lehner can’t get square to the shooter. Make him move and make it harder for him to get in front of the shot. The fact that Chicago allows an average of 36.1 shots against bodes well for the Islanders.

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