Greiss stopped all 24 shots that he faced in the Islanders’ 3-0 shutout win in Montreal on Thursday. Greiss has won three of his last four starts while posting a 1.51 GAA, .939 SV% and one shutout. He will look to stay hot this afternoon in Columbus—the 31-year-old stopped 21 of 23 shots in a 4-2 win in his first start against the Blue Jackets.
Clutterbuck (lower-body) is day-to-day and will not play on Thursday.
Clutterbuck returned to the lineup on Tuesday, but is out once again with a lower-body injury. It’s unclear whether he re-aggravated the same injury or suffered a new injury, but he’ll be replaced by Stephen Gionta either way.
Greiss allowed one goal on 27 shots in the Islanders’ win in Detroit on Tuesday. The win moved Greiss to 4-4-0 with a 3.31 GAA and .884 SV% in February. Tonight he will take on the Canadiens for the third time this season. He has played well in the first two meetings, going 1-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .922 SV%.
The Islanders have recalled Bracken Kearns from Bridgeport (AHL).
Kearns has registered 18 goals and 22 assists (40 points) in 51 games with Bridgeport this season. The 35-year-old AHL veteran has just 33 games of NHL experience compared to 88 ECHL games and 642 AHL contests. He could draw into the lineup on Thursday because Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas were hurt on Tuesday.
The Islanders have placed Shane Prince (upper-body) on IR.
Prince has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury and has been moved to IR today in order to create a roster spot to recall Bracken Kearns from Bridgeport (AHL). Prince is eligible to return to the lineup whenever he is healthy.
Greiss allowed three goals on 21 shots in the Islanders’ loss in New Jersey on Saturday. Greiss has lost three of his last four starts while allowing a combined 14 goals on 106 shots (.868 SV%). Tonight he will make his second start of the season vs. the Red Wings—he allowed five goals on 24 shots i a 5-4 loss in the first meeting.
Greiss allowed two goals on 27 shots in the Islanders’ win over the Rangers’ on Thursday. Greiss has won three of his last five, despite allowing a combined 17(!) goals on 152 shots (.888 SV%). He will get the nod in the first games of the Islanders-Devils home-and-home and comes in at 6-6-2 with a 2.68 GAA and .919 SV% on the road.
Mayfield will return to the Islanders’ lineup on Thursday.
Mayfield has been a healthy scratch for the last seven games, but will replace Adam Pelech in the lineup tonight. Mayfield hasn’t played a lot this season, but has produced when he draws into the lineup. The 24-year-old has averaged 12:38 TOI in eight games this season and has one goal and three assists on nine shots.
Greiss allowed six goals on 34 shots in the Islanders’ loss in Toronto on Tuesday. Greiss has lost three of his last five games while posting a terrible 4.10 GAA and .866 SV%. Greiss’ last few months has been full of ups and downs, but the Islanders will stick with him tonight vs. the Rangers. He is 11-4-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .918 SV% on home ice.