Islanders Website/AP: Has the early pregame for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Ottawa comes in not having played since Saturday where they lost badly and have taken a beating in the media for their recent mini slump. This club will come in looking to blow out the the Islanders quickly tonight, but they are giving up goals so this could be the Islanders chance to finally have a breakout offensive game and get some confidence.
One team likely gets back Daniel Alfredsson, the other Shawn Bates. Just about tells the story of both teams offensively. Ray Emery is expected to start for the Senators. Former Islander Randy Robitaille X2 returns to the Coliseum, Nick Foligno was called up from the AHL, Joe Corvo missed practice but is expected to play tonight and has had good numbers against the Isles recently. Mike Comrie plays for the first time against the club he went to the finals with last season and will not be facing Darren Quint this time.
This is a great test for the team defense, Rick DiPietro who has been in so many low scoring one goal games and the pp, who should have some confidence after the big goal by Satan late against Dallas.
It's also the first game in the post-Yashin era for what that is worth even though the Islanders have struggled badly with Ottawa since it's inception.
Hard work usually beats skill without hard work. Islanders have to win the battles get their shots and be the hardest working club. Emery could have some rust here from being out for so long and clearly is in competition with Gerber for his job. The extended layoff for the Senators could be a factor.
I keep writing the aame group of players who are not scoring need to finish and every game it's a low-scoring game. We'll see.