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Lineups/Game Thread: Islanders vs. Rangers Preseason Game #6

Some debuts, and some Berube-ube

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The New York Islanders are home again for the middle portion of this week’s three-game preseason stretch, this time facing a Rangers lineup that will have assistant coach Scott Arniel running out the “on the cusp” guys while Alain Vigneault watches from upstairs.

For the Islanders, some debuts: Cal Clutterbuck, who has had some “day to day” injuries thus far in camp, gets his first preseason game action -- nicely timed, against an opposing lineup of guys vying to make an impression.

Also, new signing Dennis Seidenberg will get his first appearance in uniform.

That’s all part of a feisty, not exactly pretty Isles lineup. Newsday’s Arthur Staple has them lined and paired like so:


de Haan-Seidenberg

You down wit’ O.P.P.? Because Pelech and Pulock are a pair. Left-shooting but right-comfortable Seidenberg goes on the right side with Calvin de Haan.

Of all these combos, that Nikolai Kulemin, Casey Cizikas and Clutterbuck trio looks the most likely to be a true-life combo. Kulemin would be a fit for Matt Martin’s old spot on the Best Fourth Line In Hockey(TM).

Jean-Francois Berube, the beloved third wheel and/or backup-in-waiting, is set for goal with Christopher Gibson backing up.