Islanders on NBCSN – The Islanders are playing on NBCSN tonight at 7:30. CHANNEL FINDER Doors open at 6 at Barclays Center.
Halak in goal: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak was roughed up in his last start, conceding three goals on 11 shots, but is back in Wednesday. The Islanders netminder is 5-4-1 this season with a 2.14 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and two shutouts. Halak went 3-1-0 with a shutout against the Flyers last season and is 10-3-0 in his career against Philadelphia.
Zidlicky In, Pelech Out: Marek Zidlicky draws back into the Islanders' lineup for Adam Pelech.
Bernier In, Beck Out: Steve Bernier replaces Taylor Beck at forward.
Capuano:Both guys were playing real well, but I don’t want to sit guys for too long. Bernier is a heavy player and we’re playing a heavy team.
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Hickey's Weekend Return? Thomas Hickey will join the Islanders on their upcoming road trip to Florida and Jack Capuano hopes to use him against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the second of back-to-back games for the Islanders.
“He went through a full day of practice Tuesday and looked really good,” Capuano said. “There’s a possibility, I’m not sure about game one down there, but maybe game two. Just see how he goes. He’s skating every day and he looks good. He’s real close.”
Coach’s Corner: Jack Capuano on the Islanders special teams and even strength play: We have to clean up our special teams if we want to be successful. I like the way we’re playing even strength and systematically we’re doing some good things, but I want the guys to play. We talk about the discipline of our game, but at the same time, I want them to read and react, play physical, play fast and do what we need to do.