BLUE JACKETS 5 | ISLANDERS 4
Curtis McElhinney Post Game
Alexander Wennberg Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Brandon Dubinsky Goal
Alexander Wennberg Goal
Scott Hartnell Goal
Cam Atkinson Goal
Cam Atkinson Goal
UPDATE (4:50 PM): Here's tonight's lineup:
UPDATE (4:40 PM): Murray's absence from tonight's lineup is not a setback or injury, per Richards. It was part of the original plan coming back to rest him tonight.
For the final time, it's a Jackets' game day!
The Blue Jackets take to the ice one last time in 2014-15 when they visit the New York Islanders tonight. It will also be the team's last spin around the ice at the league's second-oldest arena, as the Islanders prepare to say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum and move into their new home at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.
While the building will certainly carry an emotional tone for the final regular season contest at the old "Fort Neverlose," this is still a game with significant implications for both teams. The Blue Jackets can extend their points streak to a franchise-record 13 games, while at the same time spoiling the festivities for their division rival. The Islanders can clinch home-ice advantage in their already determined first round matchup with the Washington Capitals, thanks to a Capitals' loss against the Rangers earlier today.
- The Islanders would certainly love having home-ice against the Caps. Their 25 wins this season at Nassau Coliseum are their most at home in a single season since winning 25 in the 2003-04 season, the year before the lockout. The Islanders have not had home-ice advantage in a playoff series since 1988, a series they lost to the Devils.
- Islanders fans won't be the only ones sad to say goodbye to the Coliseum. The Blue Jackets are 4-3-0-2 all time on Long Island, though they did lose there earlier this season.
- Curtis McElhinney will start in goal for the Blue Jackets, and Kevin Connauton will come back into the lineup to replace Ryan Murray. The rest of the lineup will be the same as Friday night's.