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Al Montoya starts tonight, Grabner, Niederreiter out

New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya (35) dives

New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya (35) dives out to deflect a shot during the third period. (Dec. 3, 2011) Credit: AP

Michael Grabner (groin) and Nino Niederreiter (concussion) are both out for tonight's game with the Lightning at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro (groin) is also sidelined. Al Montoya gets the start, his fifth in the last six games, with call-up Kevin Poulin backing up.

Tim Wallace, who leads Bridgeport with 9-11-20 in 24 games, makes his Isles debut, and Micheal Haley returns to the lineup. With Andrew MacDonald (right leg) on IR and out another 2-4 weeks, the same six defensemen who played in Chicago and Dallas will go again tonight.

On a small bright note, Evgeni Nabokov (groin) skated this morning, his second straight day on the ice. Jack Capuano said Nabokov may skate again tomorrow and have his status updated then, along with the rest of the growing group of injured Isles.

"You've got to play this game with desperation and sacrifice -- you can't play it any other way if you want to win games," Capuano said.

Brian Rolston will start tonight's game on the left side with Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, which means the third line will likely feature Matt Martin along with Josh Bailey and David Ullstrom, leaving a Haley-Marty Reasoner-Wallace fourth line.

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