The Islanders will be without Kyle Okposo (day-to-day, strained groin), Mark Streit (day-to-day, strained groin) and Dean McAmmond (day-to-day, sick). They have re-called Trevor Smith and Sean Bentivoglio from the Bridgeport on an emergency basis.
Niagara University: Issued a classy release for their former player by two years in Sean Bentivoglio getting the call for his NHL debut.
Add another two players per game to man games lost to injury starting tonight.
Goaltender Carey Price will not play tonight against the Islanders because of illness. Jaroslav Halak will get the start and Marc Denis has been called up to play the back-up role. - TSN
Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
03/10/09 Francis Bouillon D Groin IR. Out indefinitely
03/31/09 Roman Hamrlik D Upper body Questionable for at N.Y. Islanders
03/31/09 Sergei Kostitsyn LW Upper body Questionable for at N.Y. Islanders
03/09/09 Robert Lang C Achilles' IR. Likely out for the season
03/31/2009 CHI 1 @ MTL 4
03/28/2009 BUF 4 @ MTL 3
03/26/2009 TBL 2 @ MTL 3
03/24/2009 ATL 3 @ MTL 6
03/21/2009 TOR 5 @ MTL 2
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Fair to write this is as close as it gets to an elimination game tonight for Montreal who lost both games at home to the Islanders and trailed 4-1 in the Coliseum game before rallying.
Canadians were in New York as Islanders played in Washington.
Should be Danis against his former team who played very well against them last time out, he needs a strong sixty minutes tonight.
I expect the Isles to be a little tired tonight, but sometimes the team waiting starts poorly. Sure would be nice to see the Isles get some calls but that does not seem likely. One thing for sure is you take all the players out and add Streit to this and still play competitive it's all you can ask for.
I do not expect to see Colorado gain another point, which means Isles gain six points in six games they will improve to 29th.