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?
#8 Alexander Burmistrov -- #80 Nik Antropov -- #9 Evander Kane
#16 Andrew Ladd -- #18 Bryan Little -- #26 Blake Wheeler
#23 Kenndal McArdle -- #13 Kyle Wellwood -- #14 Tim Stapleton
#15 Tanner Glass -- #19 Jim Slater -- #22 Chris Thorburn
#12 Randy Jones -- #39 Dustin Byfuglien
#53 Brett Festerling -- #4 Zach Bogosian
#29 Johnny Oduya -- #36 Mark Flood
#31 Ondrej Pavelec
Observation: Welp, Stu's out. Get ready for 23 minutes of Raja (see "New Player Nickname" below).
#26 Matt Moulson -- #9 John Tavares -- #15 P.A. Parenteau
#40 Michael Grabner -- #51 Frans Nielsen -- #21 Kyle Okposo
#11 Brian Rolston -- #12 Josh Bailey -- #57 Blake Comeau
#29 Jay Pandolfo -- #16 Marty Reasoner -- #17 Matt Martin
#2 Mark Streit -- #24 Steve Staios
#47 Andrew MacDonald -- #3 Travis Hamonic
#4 Mark Eaton -- #27 Milan Jurcina
#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.