IT'S GAMEDAY: Isles Look To Bounce Back From Opening Night Loss
After a very disappointing loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, the Islanders look to rebound on Monday for a matinée game against the Minnesota Wild. The Wild kicked off their season on Saturday night by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.
The Wild now will travel to Long Island Monday with their newly acquired weapon, Dany Heatley, who tallied a goal and an assist in his season debut on Saturday night. Heatley was aquired on July 3rd, from the San Jose Sharks, this offseason along with his former Sharks teammate Devin Setoguchi.
Always a weapon for Minnesota, goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who looks to obtain his second victory in two tries on Monday. Backstrom, who recorded 22 wins in 51 games last season for the Wild, is entering his sixth full season with Minnesota.
As for the Islanders' goaltender situation, it is a little more uncertain. The question being who will get the start? With Montoya having started on Saturday, will head coach Jack Capuano let him go two games straight? Or will he let Rick DiPietro or Evgeni Nabokov get the start?
Making his possible season debut on Monday is Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina, who was scratched from Saturday's game. But with every roster move there is always a question. Who would Jack Capuano take out of the lineup in order to place Jurcina in? Would it make more sense to take out a young defenseman such as Hamonic or MacDonald or take out a veteran defenseman such as Mottau or Eaton?
It will be very interesting to see how Capuano works his lineup for this game and the rest of the season. But we are only at game number two of this young season and the Islanders already know they cannot go 82-0, so let's see where this road takes us.
Don't forget to check back after the game for John Madonia's post game recap!
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