Mayfield will be back in the Islanders lineup on Thursday.
Mayfield replaced Johnny Boychuk in the lineup on Saturday and will do so again tonight. Mayfield hasn’t played much this season, but has been effective when he’s drawn into the lineup. Mayfield comes into play with one goal and three assists (four points) in just four games with the Isles.
Boychuk missed Saturday’s game in Carolina, but returned Monday in Boston. He’ll come back out of the lineup again tonight as he is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The veteran defenseman will be replaced by Scott Mayfield.
Greiss stopped all 32 shots that he faced in the Islanders’ shutout win in Boston on Monday. Greiss will make his eighth consecutive start and comes in having gone 3-2-2 with a 2.27 GAA, .930 SV% and one shutout in his last seven. He will take on a Stars team that is sitting at .500 and ranks 14th in the NHL in scoring (2.74 GF/PG).
Hamonic has missed the last four games with a knee injury and is expected to miss at least a couple more weeks. Interim head coach Doug Weight said that Hamonic is week-to-week, so there’s no firm timetable for the defenseman’s return.
Gionta has been with the Islanders since late-December, but will finally make his Islanders debut this afternoon. The 33-year-old had one goal and two assists in seven AHL games before being recalled. Gionta has 50 career points (15G / 35A) in 270 career NHL games. He will replace Cal Clutterbuck in the lineup.
Boychuk (undisclosed) will be back in the lineup on Monday.
Boychuk was a late scratch on Saturday with an undisclosed injury, but will be back the lineup this afternoon. Boychuk will replace Scott Mayfield in the lineup and comes in with five goals and nine assists (14 points in 39 games this season.
Greiss gave up seven goals on 43 shots in the Islanders’ loss in Carolina on Saturday. It was a rough outing for Greiss, who has gone 2-2-2 with a 2.65 GA and .918 SV% in six starts since Jaroslav Halak was sent to the AHL. In his first start vs. the Bruins, Greiss stopped 48 of 50 shots in a 4-2 win. He’ll be looking for a similar outing this afternoon.