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Dwayne Roloson gets first start of season tonight vs. Capitals

 --Dwayne Roloson will get his first start of the season tonight against Washington at the Verizon Center.

The 41-year-old veteran is 6-3-0 in 12 games against the Capitals.

"I feel good. It's always nice to get the opportunity to play so I'll just try to take advantage of that playing time and hopefully get another win tonight," Roloson said this morning.

--Jack Hillen will play in place of James Wisniewski, who will serve the first of a two-game suspension tonight.

Head coach Scott Gordon said he'd like to see Hillen, who was scratched the first two games of the season, back to the way he was playing last season before suffering a broken jaw (incidentally, this injury occurred after taking an Alexander Ovechkin-slapshot to the face).

"We have a guy more than capable of stepping in and playing those minutes," he said. "Jack is a guy who is as focused as anyone on our team. He's going to do whatever he can to become better as a player. Lately, he's been putting himself in a situation where he wants to do everything. It's just simplification and having an understanding of what's going to give him success."

--When asked about Wisniewski's suspension, Gordon seemed unsurprised with the ruling.

"I don't have a real good gauge on what the suspension allocation is," Gordon said. "We knew he was going to get something and that's what he got."

--Although he did not make the trip to D.C., John Tavares skated again this morning back on Long Island. He felt well after yesterday's session and was comfortable skating on back-to-back days so that's an encouraging sign for the former No. 1 draft pick.

Milan Jurcina will face his former team tonight. The 6-4, 230-pound defenseman played the past 3 1/2 seasons for the Capitals and is eager to match up against them tonight.

"When anyone goes against their [former] team, it's going to be a little different. You want to show them your best."

Speaking of the Capitals, they've been 12-for-12 on the PK this season through the first three games. They'll face an Islanders power play clicking on all cylinders...5-for-13 in first two games.

"Any time you play the Capitals, it's a big test," Gordon said.

Optional skate for the Islanders this morning. Here's who was on the ice:

Forwards: Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen, Nino Niederreiter, Matt Moulson, Blake Comeau, Trevor Gillies, Michael Grabner, Jon Sim, PA Parenteau

Defensemen: Jack Hillen, James Wisniewski, Milan Jurcina, Radek Martinek, Bruno Gervais, Mike Mottau

Goalies: Dwayne Roloson, Nathan Lawson, Rick DiPietro

****First regular-season live chat at 2 p.m. today! Stop by with any and all Islanders questions

 

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