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Despite looming blizzard, Isles still planning on playing tonight vs. Canadiens

Fans watch the game between the Islanders and

Fans watch the game between the Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum. (Dec. 22 2010) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Despite daunting weather concerns there is not any cancellation expected for tonight's Islanders-Canadiens game at Nassau Coliseum, according to a team spokesman.

The Post-Christmas blizzard is expected to dump between 11 inches to 2 feet of snow on the Long Island area; high winds and reduced visibility are also projected.

However, both the Islanders and Canadiens arrived to the rink this morning with no complications and practiced before heavy snowfall hit the area early Sunday afternoon.

Traditionally, the league decides to postpone a game based on the recommendation of the home team. Because both teams are safely in town, however, the Islanders will likely try to play the game on schedule.

The team has not yet announced any plans to reimburse fans who are unable to make it to the game because of the dangerous driving conditions.

Coincidentally, the Islanders faced the Canadiens in similar conditions last year, when Long Island was pelted with more than two feet of snow in a blizzard on December 19, 2009. Habs goaltender Jaroslav Halak's 40-save shutout helped Montreal to a 3-0 win over the Islanders. 7,842 were in attendance.

Given the Islanders' ghastly attendance figures throughout the first two and a half months this season, they will likely announce a season-worst figure tonight. 

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