Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
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Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:There won’t be any Cal Clutterbuck at the Coliseum tonight as the Islanders are going to go with the same lineup they iced in the season’s first two games.
“I could probably play today,” Clutterbuck told Brian Compton of NHL.com earlier today. “But I think just in talking it over with the medical staff and the coaches, it’s just probably better that I be more prudent at this point.”
That means the team is punting the roster decision they’ll need to make until the end of the week at the earliest.
Evgeni Nabokov will be back between the pipes and Mike Smith is expected to start for Phoenix.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to see the league’s best twitter account tonight, @BizNasty2point0, as he will be serving the final game of a three-game suspension. Rusty Klesla and Derek Morris are questionable to play, depleting the Coyotes blueline a bit.
The Islanders are 31-23-12-1 all-time against the Coyotes but the teams have only met once since December of 2010. Their last meeting was a 5-1 Coyotes win on January 7, 2012 in the desert.
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