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The Islanders look to end a two-game loosing streak in San Jose.
The Isles fell to the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 on Thursday night as they began a five-game west coast road trip. Saturday will be the second and final time the Islanders will see the Sharks. The two teams have already faced one another back on October 17 when the Isles defeated the Sharks at Nassau Coliseum 4-3 in the shootout. New York recorded 45 shots on goal and Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves in the win.
Halak will be back in net tonight for the Islanders and Travis Hamonic will return to the lineup in place of Brian Strait.
Jack Capuano has decided to change his lines following the shutout loss to Colorado. Brock Nelson will move to the top line wing and Ryan Strome will now center a line with Matt Martin and Anders Lee. Corey Conacher will move to a line with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck.
The Sharks will likely start Antti Niemi between the pipes and it appears John Scott will not play in tonight's contest.