Nilsson Called Up, Isles Take On Bruins

Coming off a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Islanders look to start up a winning streak tonight against the Boston Bruins.

Big story between last game and tonight's game would be the injury of Evgeni Nabokov, who will be sidelined for a few weeks with a groin injury. But that would not be all as the Islanders announced last night that goaltender Al Montoya will miss sometime with a hamstring injury.

The Islanders called up the 6' 5" Swedish netminder Anders Nilsson to back up Rick DiPietro. Nilsson, the 21 year old, is in his first season in the AHL.

The scratches for tonight's game are Mike Mottau and Kyle Okposo. Okposo will be sitting for his third straight game which leaves Islanders fans questioning coach Jack Capuano: "Is it too much already?" Obviously not in Capuano's eyes.

As for the Bruins, their 2010 second overall pick, Tyler Seguin has been stellar this season. Leading the Bruins in scoring with 11 goals and 9 assists, there is obviously no sophomore slump for Seguin.

It is assumed for the Bruins that Tim Thomas will be starting. There is no questioning Tim Thomas' ability to play against any team, let alone the New York Islanders. The Isles need to be able to find the back of the net. Getting an early lead in this matchup will be key as well.

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Hopefully DP can have a strong game tonight. He always enjoys playing the Bruins as a former Boston college student. But they will have to be a lot better tonight than they were the last time these two teams faced each other. Scoring early, like you said, can set the tone for the rest of the game.

I don't mind that Capuano is scratching Okposo again. Let the fire in the belly, as Cap put it, build for him. He needs to start playing the type of hockey that everyone knows he can play. Getting him amped up by sitting in the press-box as a healthy scratch will hopefully do the trick. My guess is that Comeau will be next to sit.

Imagine if KO was playing his best hockey opposite of Nino on the wing. Two power forwards, one the sniper and the other the play-maker. It could be a deadly combo down the stretch.