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Islanders vs. Predators in Nashville [Tree Falls in Forest Game Thread]

This game doesn't exist, nor will it ever exist. But Anders Nilsson must play it to influence his future.

Any excuse for a Jay Pandolfo pic.
Any excuse for a Jay Pandolfo pic.
Bruce Bennett

Fresh off hype and ballyhoo in Brooklyn for the first-ever NHL (preseason) game at [bank or financial outfit] Center, the remainders and some other unfortunate saps must travel to Nashville for a game that has zero broadcast coverage. No stream, no audio, no love for the addicts.

For the Islanders, it's five days until the next game, a rematch with the Predators on Friday at Nassau Coliseum. But though decisions are likely this week, camp will remain a mix of regulars and prospects since the Islanders' final preseason action, a week from today, will be split squad games against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, Sept. 29.

In the meantime, tonight features some odd combinations and another audition for Anders Nilsson, the big Swede goalie coming off a health-ravaged season who is now looking to win the backup goalie job away from Kevin Poulin.

Once again, here are the expected lines:

40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
27 Anders Lee - 29 Brock Nelson - 18 Ryan Strome
40 Mike Halmo - 28 Johan Sundstrom - 38 Chris Bruton
36 Eric Boulton - 61 Riley Wetmore - 49 Justin Johnson

52 Joe Finley - 4 Radek Martinek
14 Thomas Hickey - 6 Ryan Pulock
44 Calvin de Haan - 7 Matt Carkner

45 Anders Nilsson
35 Ken Reiter

If you were able to watch this game (and if you're one of the fans seeing it live in Nashville, do let us know), you would get to see Seth Jones, among others. The Predators have tonight's roster like so [PDF]:

D 3 Seth Jones 6-5 210 R Arlington, Texas 10/3/94
D 4 Ryan Ellis 5-10 179 R Hamilton, Ont. 1/3/91
D 8 Kevin Klein 6-1 204 R Kitchener, Ont. 12/13/84
F 9 Filip Forsberg 6-1 194 R Ostervala, Sweden 8/14/94
F 10 Patrick Cehlin 5-11 177 R Huddinge, Sweden 7/27/91
F 11 David Legwand 6-2 204 L Detroit, Mich. 8/17/80
F 13 Nick Spaling 6-1 198 L Palmerston, Ont. 9/19/88
F 15 Craig Smith 6-1 199 R Madison, Wis. 9/5/89
F 16 Rich Clune 5-10 207 L Toronto, Ont. 4/25/87
F 26 Matt Hendricks 6-0 211 L Blaine, Minn. 6/17/81
G 30 Carter Hutton 6-1 195 L Thunder Bay, Ont. 12/19/85
G 35 Pekka Rinne 6-5 206 L Kempele, Finland 11/3/82
D 47 Joe Piskula 6-3 214 L Antigo, Wis. 7/5/84
F 52 Austin Watson 6-3 201 R Ann Arbor, Mich. 1/13/92
F 57 Gabriel Bourque 5-10 192 L Rimouski, Que. 9/23/90
D 59 Roman Josi 6-1 198 L Bern, Switzerland 6/1/90
D 64 Victor Bartley 6-0 212 L Maple Ridge, B.C. 2/17/8
F 67 Miikka Salomaki
F 72 Joonas Rask
F 84 Colton Sissons*

*Not to be confused with Scott Scissons

Look for the bulk of the info to come from: