Sports Network: Reports Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a fracture of the metatarsal bone in his left foot. Vancouver recalled defenseman Lawrence Nycholat from Manitoba of the American Hockey League.
Vancouver Sun: Has Roberto Luongo's comments about returning to the Coliseum once again and what it means to him and a few words on his shutout streak ending. Alex Edler is expected to return to the Canucks lineup after missing Saturday's game with the flu.
Islanders website: Had a good feature on goaltender Joey MacDonald where Andy Sutton comments.
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had a few words from head coach Scott Gordon and Doug Weight on the club's mindset on playing with a lead among several subjects.
NHL.com: John Kreiser had an an excellent feature late Sunday on Josh Bailey with his comments and head coach Scott Gordon.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Tonight's the big night, the latest return of a former Islander to the Coliseum in
In all seriousness Islanders finally get a little break after Monday and need this game considering what's ahead after Friday. The wins/points have to start happening now. This club badly needs a good ten game stretch without a loss in regulation because that's what it's going to take to get all the way back in the playoff hunt.
Last time Canucks were here it was not pretty in Brad Shaw's second game as interim coach but last season Luongo frankly was terrible in a game DiPietro stole a point by carrying the club to a shootout loss. All that along with Luongo back to his Florida days means nothing as he makes his first trip to the Coliseum as a Canuck.
Islanders have to get their three goals and give MacDonald a chance to see the puck and hope he continues this stretch where he is seeing the puck well.
Martinek with a game under his belt should only play better, the Canucks despite the record are not a power house offensive club and maybe a win on home ice finally gives the club some confidence at the Coliseum.