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Islanders give Nilsson his first NHL start

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 1:42 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

PITTSBURGH -- If the New York Islanders are planning any lineup changes for Monday's night Sidney Crosby comeback game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coach Jack Capuano wasn't revealing them following the morning skate.
 
His lineup configuration, Capuano said, will be a game-time decision. But, given that the Islanders have lost three of their last four and, counting overtime and shootout losses, 11 of their last 13, it's possible there could be some shuffling.
 
Anders Nilsson, a 6-foot-5 rookie just up from Bridgeport (AHL), will make his first NHL start -- and what a game for it to occur, with Crosby returning from his extended injury layoff for Pittsburgh. Nilsson gave up three goals during the final two periods of a 6-0 loss to Boston on Saturday night.
 
The Islanders' possible lines:
 
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Michael Grabner
Brian Rolston - Frans Nielsen - PA Parenteau
Blake Comeau - Marty Reasoner - Nino Niederreiter
Matt Martin - Josh Bailey - Jay Pandolfo
 
Mark Streit - Steve Staios
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Mark Eaton - Milan Jurcina
 
The Islanders have dropped their last 12 games (0-10-2) in Pittsburgh, last winning there 4-2 on Dec. 21, 2007.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1