Islanders website/AP: Has the preview of tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild who have given up only twelve goals in their last seven games but are 2-3 in last five games.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Were kind of getting close to the last stand for the 2007-2008 Islanders unless they plan on breaking the streak of not winning five in a row since December 1994 down the road. They went to Pittsburgh and the kids worked hard and so did the other lines and easily could have won the game.
Now it has to carry over and they have to win here because nothing else works in terms of any hope of staying in the playoff race as they are only three points out of fifteenth. Satan, injured knee and all goes to left wing with Comrie and Guerin in as close as they can get to a first line which means Hilbert changes positions again.
Ted Nolan already said the kid line remains in tact which means another night on right wing for Blake Comeau while Satan is on the left.
Does the coach break up the Hunter, Vasicek, Fedntenko line after they showed some good signs in Pittsburgh? Doubtful, but I would put Vasicek on the bench before Bergenheim or Park sits.
Hopefully Bergenheim does not get a seat on the bench but it's either that or
Isles defense is going to have to stop the Gaborik show with Rolston.
Frankly, DiPietro has to raise his game because his one soft goal a game off deflections, screens or whatever have been a killer and has been going on for a while. That may not be fair but recently he has not been facing forty shots that often. When you see him look up after goals it's easy to see he thinks that's one he should have had.
Isles final West Coast game this season.
6pm start on FSN-2. College basketball play on Msg before the Knicks.