AP: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Devils in Newark.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
For me the second Friday game of the season in Newark in a lot of ways is like opening night number II with Brendan Witt back and the defense getting very close to full strength.
Mitch Fritz makes his return for whatever role he plays. He cannot replace Kyle Okposo's offensive ability.
Scott Clemmensen comes in off a very Devil-like win against Florida on Thursday where he came without a few minutes of a shutout. I would expect to see Kevin Weekes in goal given the Devils upcoming schedule. Devils have a lot of injuries up front and of course are without Brodeur.
We all know what Elias, Gionta are capable of doing with Zajac. Parise always seems to have a big game against the Islanders and despite a quiet start Langenbrunner is a quality player.
From the Islanders side of the puck they have to create their chances and attack the Devils defense making plays in center ice. Last time the game was very competitive in Newark with the Isles doing everything but finishing. Only goal last time was a first period shot by Weight that hit the Devils defense and went in. Recalling Fritz could backfire if he does not play his share of minutes and a faster scoring forward is needed.
With what's ahead Islanders again need points here. No time for excuses/rust or anything but more hard work and skating.
Media Blog: Cory Witt reports with the return of Brendan Witt, Richard Park and Doug Weight will split time as assistant captains depending on whether the Islanders are home or away.