Just asked Scott Gordon about his decision to play defenseman Andrew MacDonald in place of Bruno Gervais and here's what he had to say:
"He's playing well. He came out of the lineup when he probably shouldn't have because we gave some other guys the benefit of the doubt, and now we're going with who is playing better."
This won't be MacDonald's first taste of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry. One of the three games he was up last season was at home against the Rangers.
"You can definitely tell there's a different level of intensity to the game," MacDonald said.
MacDonald, who has been used on the Isles second power-play unit said he focused on his defensive responsibilities first when initially called up for the Isles, but is now looking to add in more offense.
"It's encouraging," MacDonald said of the coaches' decision to play him tonight. "It's just another opportunity I'm going to try to take advantage of, and hopefully I'll be able to do more offensively."
Scott Gordon knows this rivalry game comes directly after the Islanders' worst loss of the season, but he's confident his team will respond.
"They all know the last game was a big letdown," Gordon said.
Asked if he had planned on utilizing any certain line or d-pair against Marian Gaborik tonight, Gordon laughed that off. "When he's playing 28 minutes a night?"
Then Gordon joked, "We'll be bringing back Ken Morrow for that tonight."