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Weight out for tonight
As expected, Doug Weight will not play tonight. Gordon said he'd prefer to err on the side of caution and give Weight a couple more days of practice before he returns to the lineup.
Rob Schremp and Blake Comeau are also out for tonight's game against Pittsburgh. Schremp is no surprise, given he only joined the team Thursday after being picked up on waivers Tuesday. Comeau has been feeling a little under the weather since the game Tuesday in New Jersey and Gordon said he wanted to give him a bit more rest. He said it was not a similar situation as last year (when Comeau was the healthy scratch the first three games before being sent down to the minors).
Gordon is sticking to his policy of not naming tonight's goaltender, but Dwayne Roloson was the first off the ice after today's morning skate, so it's likely he will start in net.
Quite the media crush descended on John Tavares this morning when he talked about expectations for tonight's game, his first regular-season appearance as a New York Islander.
"It'll be a pretty great experience to play against the best team in the world," said Tavares, who has his parents, two sisters, and an aunt an uncle attending the game.
Reporters asked Tavares if he emulated fellow top pick Sidney Crosby, who he'll face for the first time tonight.
"For sure, I've watched him for a while," Tavares said. "He's definitely been a role model for me."
Gordon said he is aware of the expectations for Tavares, who seems to have the weight of the world--or at least the franchise--on his shoulders heading into tonight, and will try to help manage expectations accordingly.
"The biggest thing is we've got to let him grow into a superstar." Gordon said. "He's had tremendous success in juniors, but now he's playing against the big men. We definitely don't want to put the burden on him of saving the franchise."