After the Islanders 5 p.m. game today against Toronto, the Islanders will board a charter bound for Vancouver, which means the team probably won't get in until around 3:00 a.m. Eastern time.
The team has the day off Monday to rest and recover but regardless, it'll be a long day. Longer if they lose to the cellar-dwelling Maple Leafs (who have won 3 straight, by the way).
As tweeted earlier, Bridgeport power forward Matt Martin is up for today's tilt as an emergency recall. Jeff Tambellini is out with a groin strain, presumably suffered during last night's 4-2 win over the Devils.
About to make his second stint with the big club, Martin reflected on the last time he was called up when he played four games back in February.
"It was huge for my confidence and it was good for me to see how far I've come since the exhibition games," Martin said. "I'm starting to feel more and more comfortable and those two assists I got in the first game made it easier."
When asked about the potential of extending this game into something more substantial with the season winding down, Martin said he'll just wait and see.
"I'm just going to continue to play my best effort. Whether I'm up or down, that's out of my control."
Even if Martin doesn't remain with the Islanders for long, he will have the benefit of potentially playing in the playoffs with Bridgeport, a huge learning experience for the 20 year-old.
***Martin is without the long locks he was rocking back in February. He's not a huge fan of his new streamlined look, but it was for a good cause. Martin, Trevor Gillies, and a few other Bridgeport guys shaved their head in support of a cancer charity.
***In addition to his new haircut, Martin also has a huge gash across his chin after getting cut in the face last Saturday. After finishing a check Martin landed on the person he hit and landed on the back of their blade. He got 18 stitches but returned in the next period.
I speculated about some interesting changes on the Islanders PP with Doug Weight, Andrew MacDonald, and Rob Schremp all out for the season. If you noticed, Frans Nielsen was used on the point.
Nielsen is regarded as arguably the team's best defensive forwards, but regardless that was still his first time in that situation with the Islanders.
"I felt pretty good," Nielsen said. "It's a little bit different having everyone coming at you up there, but I felt pretty good."
***I also forgot to mention this the other day: Congrats to Matt Moulson on becoming an uncle. Moulson's fiancee is sisters with Jonathan Quick's wife (who gave birth to a baby girl the other day). Quick was the one to introduce the two.