NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES Projected Lines (With Cizikas):
Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak was given Saturday off, but has played 13 of the Islanders last 14 games and has a 26-10-0 record this season.
Cizikas Uncertain: Casey Cizikas is a game-time decision tonight. Cizikas did not practice yesterday after blocking a shot off the right leg Thursday night against Boston and appearing to re-aggravate the injury in Detroit. Colin McDonald will take Cizikas’ place, should he sit out tonight’s game.
Projected Lines (Without Cizikas): Where/When:
The Islanders are home tonight at Nassau Coliseum
at 7 p.m.
The game can be seen on MSG+2. Click here for channel listings. Tavares’ 400th:
John Tavares will play his 400th career NHL regular season game tonight against the Panthers. Tavares has 363 points (159 goals, 204 assists) in 399 games, all with the Islanders. Tavares:
Being in my sixth year it’s still kind of crazy to think of and I’m still pretty young. I think you don’t take any day for granted, you enjoy the ride and hopefully I have a lot more games ahead of me. I’ve played with a lot of great players. A lot of veterans early in my career and growing with the group that we have now, it’s been a lot of fun.
The Islanders have rebounded with positive runs after losing consecutive games this season and look to end a two-game skid tonight. The Islanders went on a 6-1-0 run right after losing two straight in early January. Tavares:
Not only has that been a reason we’re having success, it’s a reason why we’re competing for first in the conference and first in the division. Certainly (losing streaks) make it a lot more difficult to make up ground, or to compete at the top, with stretches like that. For us, it’s been the one-game mentality, we’re confident in our team in any situation and we believe in our group. Today’s a new day, a new opportunity and that’s how we look at it.
The Islanders will wear throwback Fisherman-style jerseys for warm-ups tonight. Fans who wear Fisherman apparel can buy tickets for $25. 15 Games in 26 Days:
The Islanders kick off a frantic February tonight, as the team is set to play 15 games in 26 days. The shortest month of the season features four sets of back-to-back games and the Islanders will not have consecutive days off until Feb. 25.