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Biron to start in goal for Isles vs. Nashville

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Martin Biron, the odd man out in the New York Islanders' goaltending rotation, is back in -- at least for one night.

Biron will get his first NHL start since Dec. 27 when he leads the Isles onto the ice for Tuesday's home game against the Nashville Predators. The former Buffalo Sabre and Philadelphia Flyer hasn't played since a 2-1 loss to the Flyers two days after Christmas.

"It has been a while but I felt really good the past couple of days so I'm just going to try and carry that on," Biron told the media after the morning skate.

The Islanders signed Dwayne Roloson and Biron during the summer to give them a pair of veteran goaltenders while starter Rick DiPietro rehabbed a knee injury that sidelined him for most of 2008-09. But Roloson earned the lion's share of the work until DiPietro returned on Jan. 8, and the two have split the job since then -- leaving Biron as an occasional backup or more often, a healthy scratch.

In 17 appearances this season, Biron is 2-11-2 with a 3.22 goals-against average, a .900 save percentage and one shutout.

Biron went to the minors last week on a conditioning assignment and played two games for the Isles' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. He allowed six goals while going 1-0-1.

While Biron gets a rare start, Isles captain Doug Weight will sit against the Preds. Coach Scott Gordon said he wanted to give the 39-year-old center the night off because the Islanders play in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. He's been playing through a shoulder injury that has hampered his performance.
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