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Islanders vs. Oilers Game Thread: Boychuk still out, Pelech in

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The Islanders try to dodge the Alberta sweep.

Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders
Whoa.
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The New York Islanders try to get another “bounce back” after a flat performance Sunday afternoon in Calgary, with their first visit to Rogers Place tonight. These are not your older brother’s Oilers though: Edmonton is good now, and not just because of Connor McDavid.

(Okay, a lot because of him. Still.)

Lineup News

For the Islanders, Thomas Greiss is in goal again. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk is still out. Adam Pelech is in for Scott Mayfield.

Small update on that:

The forwards remain as they have been, with youngsters Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Anthony Beauvillier all playing their natural center positions.

Extra Stuff

Connor McDavid is tight with Joshua Ho-Sang since age 10, and Ho-Sang sings his praises.

The feeling is mutual, but it’s important McDavid also be asked about the number Ho-Sang has worn since he was 15:

Coverage

This one is on MSG+2, plus radio on 60AM, 101.9FM - WFAN, 88.7FM - WRHU and 103.9FM - LI News.

Check more coverage at Copper and Blue, including the reverse to go with our Q&A from earlier today.

Leave your First Islanders Goal pick here by game time, which is 9 p.m. EST.