AP: Has a preview of Monday's game against the Rangers at Msg.
Ranger players out:
AHL.com: Reports Yann Danis was recalled to the Islanders Monday, Rob Hennigar was sent to Utah which leads me to speculate unless it's paperwork related DiPietro is not ready to play tonight.
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog confirms DiPietro is out for tonight's game.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Tough to tell what will happen here. DiPietro if he even plays (he's out) would have been in early training camp mode, the Islanders are one of the leaders in man games lost to injury, the Rangers among the clubs that losses the least man games.
It's a big part of both clubs seasons.
This game features two of the lowest scoring in the NHL with the Ranger powerplay giving up goals like last year's Islanders with the man advantage. The Ranger trap is tough to beat at times while at others their defense and goaltending is spotty but this is Tom Renney's game and how they are expected to play.
Lundqvist is in his usual December slump but this team has strong survival skills and kept getting games to overtime/shootouts where both Ranger goaltenders are very tough to beat.
Islanders should come into a building where they have dominated with some confidence off the last two games but records do not lie for either side. One team is in first with the pressure on, the other in last.
Tom Renney is under some pressure here with the recent games, regardless of his clubs record which many feel is a shootout record combined with a 4-0 record against Tampa.
Seems both clubs struggle on home ice in this rivalry with bipartisan crowds in both buildings. Islanders won 2-1 earlier this year.
I will update depending on how much information comes out on Sillinger/DiPietro or Colliton/Fritz/Sim status.
Mr Botta at Point Blank here reported Weight would play with a lot of speculation on Fritz/Bergenheim but did not have Danis Monday recall.
Bridgeport is off until Friday.