This could be an interesting contest for us; an anemic offence versus a leaky defence. The Islanders are 14th in the East...you know, right behind us. So I guess we've got the advantage there, but in all seriousness we simply cannot afford to give up the shots and chances we have so far, and even more importantly we can't afford to go on the penalty kill all the time. I rail against fighting sometimes, but I'd trade some fights for a few less minor penalties if I had to.
My biggest concern tonight is we will be without the services of one Tobias Enstrom, otherwise known as Pepto Bismol to Dustin Byfuglien's diarrheal defence. Toby eats ups a ridiculous amount of minutes, and it's a real question how we're going to fill the void. Could you believe that our defence could potentially be worse this game?
#12 Randy Jones -- #39 Dustin Byfuglien
#31 Ondrej Pavelec
Observation: Welp, Stu's out. Get ready for 23 minutes of Raja (see "New Player Nickname" below).
#39 Rick DiPietro
New Player Nickname: Randy "Raja" Jones
What To Do if You're Going to the Game: Wear an old-timey hat from Goodwill or other secondhand store and whip that sucker out there for a hat trick. In the case of no hat trick, continue to wear it to games until it happens.
Prediction: Islanders 26 to 2. Milan Jurcina with 4 goals because we can't - stop the rock, can't stop the rock.