The Canadiens are in town tonight and right on cue, New York may be hit with a large snowstorm. This time, at least it looks like the snow may wait until after the game to start. It’s not expected to start until Wednesday, if it even turns in this direction. This concludes your weather report.
On the ice, the Islanders will look for their second win in a row after beating the Senators on Sunday at the Coliseum. They’re still 1-2-1 on the homestand, with three more games to go. These next two will be the toughest, as the Canadiens have the most points in the Eastern Conference and Thursday is a visit from the Rangers who are always tough [toughness quip about the Rangers calling up Haley here].
We last saw the Habs on February 21st in Montreal, when the Islanders came in and won 4-3 in overtime on Thomas Hickey’s first NHL goal. Since then the Habs haven’t lost in regulation, 3-0-2 since that game, and haven’t actually lost in regulation since getting blown out 6-0 by the Leafs on February 9th. I guess it’s safe to say that loss has inspired them.
Tonight, the Islanders will be missing Lubomir Visnovsky from the lineup for personal reasons. Radek Martinek is taking his place.
Evgeni Nabokov will start in next, and it’s a little surprising that Kevin Poulin didn’t start one of either tonight’s game or Sunday’s game. With Nabokov getting a ton of work, it seemed as though the Islanders were ready to give Poulin a few starts when he got called up but right now, it looks like he may only be used on back-to-backs. Poulin’s only appearance was four games ago against Carolina. The Islanders play back-to-back Saturday and Sunday this week, so that will likely be the next time we see him.
Tonight’s projected lines:
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Grabner – Reasoner – Ullstrom
Martin – Cizikas – McDonald
Hamonic – MacDonald
Finley – Streit
Hickey – Martinek