Granted the Islanders have been able to make a few pit stops on Long Island in between their past four road games, but regardless, the Islanders will return home to Nassau Coliseum for Friday's tilt against Montreal for the first time since their 5-2 win over the Avalanche October 16.
Tonight marks the first of a home-and-home series against the Conference-leading Canadiens. Carey Price has played all eight games this season for Montreal.
Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro started the previous two games, which means we will probably* see Dwayne Roloson in net for the Isles. I have been wrong about this at least a couple of times this season already, though, so figure the starting goaltender is always subject to change.
Rookie Nino Niederreiter will play his ninth game tonight, which means the Islanders will decide his fate--whether he stays with the big club or goes back to his junior club--on the plane ride home tonight.
Speaking of Niederreiter, tonight will mark a rematch between him and Montreal's Mike Cammalleri, who received a one-game suspensions for a slash/spear on Niederreiter during the pre-season.
Niederreiter told me yesterday that everyone has been asking him about it, but the 18-year-old Swiss winger has too much on his plate to focus on that. He said he'll treat this game just like any other and eagerly anticipate the Islanders impending decision.