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New York Islanders vs. Minnesota Wild

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Team Record: 0-1-0

Last Game: 2-0 L vs. FLA
Season Series: -
Team Record: 1-0-0
Last Game: 4-2 W vs. CBJ
Season Series: -
Matt Martin
Martin may have been the only Islanders player to receive less than 10 minutes of ice time in the Islanders' season opener on Saturday night, but he was one of the team's best forwards, recording 5 shots and 5 hits.

"He played great," said his linemate Jay Pandolfo. "He had four or five shots on net, a ton of hits. He’s a big body and effective when he’s using his size."

As for Martin, he enjoyed playing in his first regular season game with two experienced veterans.

"Playing with Jay and Marty, they’re two older players in this league," Martin said. "They’ve been around a long time. They can definitely make the game easy for you. We clicked pretty well. We all have the same mentality out there with getting pucks deep, trying to keep it out of our own end, so we got a lot of shots on net and generated some chances, but we need to do even more."
Dany Heatley
New to the team this season, Dany Heatley scored a power play goal and an assist in his 2011-12 season debut with the Minnesota Wild, helping the wild win their season opener 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In the preseason, Heatley was one of four players who averaged more than a point per game, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points.

Entering into his 10th NHL season, Heatly played in all but two games for the San Jose Sharks last season, posting 26 goals and 38 assists for 64 points. Currently holding the team-lead in points (2), he was acquired by the Wild via trade on July 5, 2011 and will play on the team's top line alongside Wild's Captain Mikko Koivu and Devin Setoguchi.
The Islanders were excited and ready to make an impact in their 2011-12 season debut, however, they came out flat and were unable to get the momentum going to earn the two-points.

"Like I told the guys (Sunday) morning, just forget about that game," Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "There is nothing we can take from that game. We didn’t execute, we didn’t do the little things. For whatever reason, it was a flat performance from us and I’ll take total responsibility for that.”

Despite three power play opportunitites, creating offensive chances seemed to be a problem, and one the team addressed before heading into their second game of a four-game homestand.

However, Capuano liked what he saw from the Islanders fourth line, made up of Matt Martin, Marty Reasoner and Jay Pandolfo.

“That whole line in general, played the way we want to play," Capuano said. "They chipped pucks behind their D, they created some offensive zone time, they moved the puck, they moved their feet, they got to the net, they got pucks to the net. They did a lot of little things that added up to the big things."
Season Series: This is the first of two meetings between the teams. New York will visit Minnesota on Dec. 17.

Team Scope:
Minnesota got off to a tremendous start Saturday night, as newcomers Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi both lit the lamp in the Wild's 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Xcel Energy Center. Heatley and Setoguchi, who arrived this offseason via separate trades with San Jose, are expected to give Mike Yeo's club some offensive punch. They did just that against the Blue Jackets, as Heatley also added an assist.

"Everyone's talking about our system. We've done a good of trying to play that way, quickly," Heatley said. "I think it makes our team looks faster. The 'D' are moving the puck well. Guys are in position."

Islanders: Saturday was a complete and utter disappointment for New York, which was flat from basically start to finish in a 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers. All this despite a capacity crowd at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum that was downright electric during pre-game warmups. (Continue Reading)
- Jeremy Colliton - Groin (9/23 at BOS) - 1 games missed (Out indefinitely)
- Mark Katic - Shoulder (9/24 vs. NJ) - 1 games missed (Out indefinitely)
- Rhett Rakhshani - Concussion (9/27 at CGY) - 1 games missed (Out indefinitely)
- Trevor Gillies - Groin (9/30 at NJ) - 1 games missed (Day-to-day)
- Nino Niederreiter - Groin (9/30 at NJ) - 1 games missed (Day-to-day)
Power Play %: 0%
Penalty Kill %: 80%
Home Record: 0-1-0
Goals For: 0
Goals Against: 2
Power Play %: 50%
Penalty Kill %: 100%
Away Record: 0-0-0
Goals For: 4
Goals Against: 2
Tonight's matchup is the Islanders' and Wild's first meeting since March 2, 2011. Blake Comeau had a two-goal night - one on the power play - split by Kyle Okposo's game-deciding goal at 18:37 of the first. Andrew MacDonald scored the fourth goal, while the Wild's Joel Madden scored a third period goal to take away goaltender Al Montoya's shutout effort. He made 27 saves in the Islanders 4-1 win.

(Answer from 10/08: Ed Westfall)
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said he decided to go with the exact same lineup as Saturday night's home opener. Check out our depth chart.

Scratches will be Milan Jurcina, Ryan Strome and Evgeni Nabokov.

Wild (Expected) Lineups


Backstrom, Harding

Islanders Center Josh Bailey: "We just have to move on (from Saturday night's game). Being here for three years now, the thing that I’ve learned the most is that you have to keep a level head no matter what happens. If you go out and the team gets a big win, 10-0 and you get a hat trick, or you lose 10-0 and are -5, you have to come out with the same mindset the next day and stay positive. There are going to be times when it’s easy to get down, and there are going to be times when it’s easy to get too high. You just have to keep a level head and I think that will be the key. We still have a good vibe in the room after the loss (on Saturday) and we need to keep that to move forward."

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