3/18: New York vs Toronto 7:30pm Msg +

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/18/2008 11:56:00 AM | |

Islanders website: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rick DiPietro will go for an MRI on his hip today, Wade Dubielewicz will start in goal, Joey MacDonald was recalled.

Based on practice:

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A big game to determine if the Isles can maintain their standing in terms of being in the NHL lottery or break their long losing streak but little else other than Toronto's last stand in terms of any miracle hope for a playoff spot. Dubie has a win at home vs Toronto this year.

Okposo's debut with a center who has two goals since December is not exactly going to help unless Richard Park can pull his offensive weight. No real first line or second line here or much sembelence of a checking line.

No Antropov, Sundin for Toronto. Jason Blake returns for the second time, hopefully he is treated better but the fans this time around.

Another MRI for DiPietro's HIP after an injury and surgery last summer and problems with it at the all-star break? Fair to speculate it's time to shut him down and protect him for the long term and just play out the string.

Not sure if I will have a postgame tonight or late tomorrow.