|The Islanders always, always, play the Caps tight.|
Islanders coach Jack Capuano will go with Rick DiPietro in goal for the third consecutive contest. New York's 15 year man is winless on the year with a 0-1-2 record and has compiled a 2.50 GAA and .909 save percentage in his three starts. Nevertheless, we all know how talented DP is and he has the ability to steal a game. Up front, the Islanders are without top prospect Nino Niederreiter, who has a groin injury and has missed the whole season up to this point. Outside of el Nino, however, New York is fully healthy.
Tomas Vokoun is exepcted to get the call from Bruce Boudreau after he yielded Friday night's start to Michal Neuvirth. Vokoun has struggled recently, allowing three or more goals in his last two starts, but still has awesome numbers on the campaign: a 7-1-0 record, 2.36 GAA, and .920 save percentage to go along with one shutout. On the injury front, Mike Green is still questionable with his right ankle injury that has caused him to miss the last two weeks, while Jay Beagle is still out with a concussion and will not play. Mathieu Perreault, who was scratched last night in favor of Cody Eakin, will return to the lineup in place of the latter despite Eakin's first NHL goal on Friday night. Per usual, DJ King will join Eakin as a healthy scratch.
Puck drops for this one 7:07-ish.