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Sean Bergenheim is back in the lineup tonight for the first time since suffering a rib injury December 8 in Philadelphia. Brendan Witt heading to the IR (retroactive to January 8) will be the corresponding roster move.

"I'm really, really anxious," Bergenheim said. "It's been five weeks, but it certainly felt longer."

"I'm just happy to be back and happy to get the chance to help the team especially against a team like Detroit."

Despite more than a month-long absence, Bergenheim said he feels sharp and hopes to contribute energy when injected back into the lineup tonight.

"Conditioning-wise I feel really good. I'm happy with the work we've done to prepare," Bergenheim said. "I'll just try to bring an high-tempo game, speed, and some net drive. That's what the team needs right now."

(If I had to guess who was out of the lineup tonight, Nate Thompson and Jeff Tambellini?  Veterans Richard Park and Doug Weight were also given the morning off to rest, so we'll see if either of them get a night off in addition,


Speaking of what the team needs now, several players talked about the venerable Detroit lineup. Dwayne Roloson, who likely has the most experience against the Western Conference team, called their lineup "phenomenal."

"We just have to play our game and now worry about who we are playing against. You can see their lineup and be in awe, but you just have to go out and play. We've just got to play smart and simple."

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John Tavares said the Islanders will have to minimize mistakes to give a "dangerous" Detroit team as little opportunity as possible.

"We can't turn the puck over because there guys are dangerous," Tavares said. "We have to stay patient at times and play a simple game tonight."

They can hurt you," Tavares said. "We have to be aware that even without the puck they can be at their most dangerous."


Tavares also spoke about his feelings on the news that Ed Jovanovski was suspended by the league for 2 games for his first-period elbow to the rookie.

"It really doesn't bother me. I don't think he's a guy that attempts to hurt people. I thin it was mostly just a reaction," Tavares said.

When Scott Gordon was  asked whether he was satisfied with the supplementary discipline, Gordon responded with a "No Comment."


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