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Second time against the Devils in one week
After a 4-0 shutout of the Devils during Monday's matinee, the Islanders and Rick DiPietro get another shot at them tonight.
Scott Gordon said he doesn't expect the same team to roll through the Coliseum tonight.
"II'm sure with the game they had against us earlier, they are going to want to be able to respond," Gordon said. "We caught them at the end of a road trip when they weren't as sharp. Im sure they'll be better tonight."
The Devils are coming off a 3-1 loss to Montreal and have dropped four out of their last five.*
When asked about DiPietro's play, Gordon said he's done a good job staying sharp and staying healthy, but that his return has also conveniently coincided with a significant improvement in the team's play.
"I think the timing when he has come back has come at a time where we haven't exposed him to some of the situations that Rolie had to face, a 60-shot night or a game where we gave up a lot of chances. We haven't given up a lot of chances, we haven't been in the box a lot. i think it's been a good situation for Ricky to come back."
Dustin Kohn got the jitters out with his first game in the NHL Thursday, even registering his first career assist as well.
"I felt pretty good," Kohn said of his Islanders debut. "I felt I played fairly solid in my own end, which was my No. 1 concern, and to be able to contribute offensively was a bonus."
Here was Scott Gordon's take:
"Overall, he didn't get himself in a lot of trouble or make a lot of mistakes. The mistakes he did make were small ones and likely just from inexperience," Gordon said.
Good talk with Doug Weight today, who was robbed by Vokoun a couple of times for a 39th birthday goal on Thursday.
While Weight would've liked to notch the go-ahead goal, the team's success by far supercedes any personal numbers.
Weight talked about the work ethic the Islanders have adopted this season and the success it has given them, even calling it a "rallying cry."
"That's a source of great pride for our club," Weight said. "it's almost become a rallying cry for us before the game."
Adopting that hard-working, gritty philosophy has also reminded the Islanders what it takes to win.
"It almost beats it into your head that that is what we need to do to have success," Weight said.
Weight also talked about striving for the very best with this team, as in preparing for June mode, not March-peak mode. Health and momentum will be the determining factors to make this playoff club, and Weight wants his teammates to be reminded that it's not enough to merely be in contention.
"It's not enough to be in 8th place with 25 games left, we've got to strive for more," Weight said. "Good teams don't take games off."
Weight is sick of hearing about rebuilding; he wants the team to know that they have reached a point where they can beat any team on any given night.
"It's not a process, it's here," Weight said. "We're good enough."
"We're good enough to beat a team in a seven-game series and we're good enough to be in the playoffs," Weight said.
Brendan Witt (knee) is skating for his fifth day. Andy Sutton, Jeff Tambellini, Dwayne Roloson, and Martin Biron also on the ice this morning.