NEW JERSEY at ISLANDERS, 2:05 pmIt's DiPietro in Goal Again, NOT Roloson

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UPDATED at 1:30 pm – In a surprise, Rick DiPietro gets the start. More on that after the game.


The Devils coming back from a West Coast trip, off a loss in Colorado on Saturday. Patrik Elias seriously injured in the Avalanche game, taken off on a stretcher. Another statement game for Gordo’s gritty-gutty-gifted Islanders.


Above is John Tavares in a Team USA jersey at practice on Sunday after losing a friendly bet with American Doug Weight on the WJC final.


With the 2:00 pm start, there is no morning skate – usually the place to unearth any lineup news. The way the Islanders have played recently, I doubt Gordon will change his scratches. After his overtime work on Saturday, Rick DiPietro only worked out off the ice on Sunday.


Dustin Kohn is replacing the mildly-injured Mark Katic for Bridgeport in the AHL All-Star Game. Courtesy of Mike Fornabaio: Kenny Morrow worked the bench with Jack Capuano and Pat Bingham during the Sound Tigers’ 4-2 loss to Worcester on Sunday.




Recommended reading: Larry Brooks of the Post rips on Colin Campbell. Last week Campbell defended Sergei Gonchar for his leaping elbow on Cal Clutterbuck because Clutterbuck may have boarded the Pens defenseman. I immediately thought about Ryan Hollweg’s hit from behind on Chris Simon.


No one is comparing Gonchar to Simon and his history, but it’s too bad Campbell wasn’t pro-revenge like he was this week. Larry also calls Colin to task for only two games for elbowing John Tavares when he already had a two-game suspension on his record for a flagrant elbow.


The problem with Campbell is that no one – including most of his colleagues at the NHL – has any idea what he’s thinking, what he’s going to say next.


As I have for two earlier matinee games this season, I’ll be in the stands with my three sons. Will check in an hour or so after the game for our traditional interactive Plus/Minus.