Ottawa Citizen: Alan Panzeri reports head coach Craig Hartsburg changed up his lines at practice on Friday.
Jesse Winchester with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, Nick Foligno with Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette with Chris Kelly and Chris Neil.
Jarkko Ruutu, suspended for tonight's game, practiced with Dean McAmmond and Shean Donovan, but Ilya Zubov will play on that line tonight according to the writer.
Alex Auld starts again in goal.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Obviously the heat is on in Ottawa big time but the Islanders only have time to worry about what they will do generating more chances because the standings scream the heat is even worse here.
That sixteen-five third period shot total was not good and Scott Gordon's skaters have to stay out of the box.
MacDonald (if he starts) had to face a lot of pressure from their fast and skilled forwards, he cannot be asked to keep robbing players.
Radek Martinek should be a huge boost to the defense but the goals have to come and the Islanders need to exploit a team not very good in it's own end of the ice as Weight did finding Guerin for the kind of high quality area you want Guerin shooting.
Bad news is this team does not play well or feed off a home crowd that does not get behind them much.
Not sure what we will see here but nothing would surprise me either way. Last year the harder Ottawa pressed the worse things got at the end. New coach and some players but a lot of the same tension.
I know I'm looking forward to seeing Okposo and Bailey set up some more plays and what Frans Nielsen will do next. Bergenheim is always fun to watch and Hunter has been excellent. Streit is another player who just gets involved in an attack with a natural ability.