Islanders forward Blake Comeau will be a game-time decision for tonight's game, according to coach Jack Capuano. Comeau, who missed practice yesterday with neck spasms, said he feels a little stiff still but capable of playing.
If you remember, Comeau missed the Islanders January 3 game against Calgary with a neck issue. Comeau said it's the same thing he experienced then, which is why he sat out practice yesterday. He didn't want to push it like he did two months ago--he morning-skated the day of the team's 5-2 win over the Flames--and miss a game as a result.
Comeau said his prior history with the neck spasms affirmed that this instance bore no connection with the concussion he suffered last month.
With his overtime game-winner Tuesday, Comeau is now only one goal shy of the 20-goal mark, a milestone he hit only twice in juniors.
"I'd be excited. It be my first time achieving it at this level. Even in juniors I only had twenty goals twice. I was more of an assist guy. It would definitely feel good."
Comeau said he doesn't want to let it become a distraction, however.
"I'm not putting any pressure on myself to achieve it. That's when things don't go right, when you put a lot of pressure on yourself. I'm just trying to do things I've been doing lately. Getting shots and getting to the net."
With 6-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara in the building, Capuano was asked about Chara's hit on Montreal's Max Pacioretty on Tuesday. Pacioretty left the game with a concussion and a fractured vertebra, but the league ruled against handing out any supplementary discipline for the play.
"It's a physical game. He's a big, strong guy. It was a hit and I don't think Chara went out of his way to hurt him, but it's for the league to decide."
Does that bother him, given the significant suspensions assessed to the Islanders this season?
"The league does a good job in handing out things. The discipline we went through was a process and you have to live with what they decide."
Islanders assistant athletic trainer Nates Goto, who hails from Japan, said he has made contact with all of his family members back in Tokyo. Thankfully, all are fine, despite the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the area today.