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Islanders' Marty Reasoner likely to start Game 1 against Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Jack Capuano wasn’t being quite so coy as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma about the Isles’ Game 1 lineup: It would appear that Marty Reasoner, who was a healthy scratch the final 10 games of the regular season, will be in the lineup tonight.
“With the lineup we have and the youth we have, I feel it’s a good situation to have Marty Reasoner back in there,” Capuano said. “I think Marty can do the job for us, no question.”
Reasoner will take the Jesse Joensuu/Eric Boulton spot on the fourth line, moving Casey Cizikas to wing.
Reasoner, 36, is the most playoff-experienced skater on the Isles roster, outside of Evgeni Nabokov; Reasoner also has six career playoff goals to lead all current Isles, though the last one of those came exactly a decade ago, with the 2003 Oilers.
“You just have to stay ready mentally,” said Reasoner, who was scratched 17 of the 48 games this season. “Right now, you just draw on past experience and try to keep the guys loose and relaxed.”
Reasoner may get out to kill penalties and take faceoffs, with Keith Aucoin’s faceoff numbers dwindling towards the end of the season.
On defense, Matt Carkner comes out of the lineup and the pairs will be: Andrew MacDonald-Travis Hamonic, Lubo Visnovsky-Thomas Hickey and Mark Streit-Brian Strait.