The Islanders enter Bell Centre tonight prepared to take on the Canadiens, who had quite the game last night in Boston.
In the Habs' 8-6 loss at TD Garden, the two teams combined for 46 penalties and 107 PIM, including a tussle between goalies Tim Thomas and Carey Price.
The Islanders have had their own drama recently, primarily between the pipes.
Less than a week after losing Rick DiPietro 4-6 weeks to facial fractures and knee swelling--sustained in a fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson--20-year-old rookie Kevin Poulin went down in a freak accident during warmups. The Islanders announced yesterday that Poulin is out for the year with a dislocated left knee cap that will require surgery.
Mikko Koskinen, the team's fifth goaltender this year, will make his second NHL start tonight against Montreal. Although the circumstances won't be nearly as unexpected, it should be interesting to see how Koskinen deals with the crazy atmosphere in the Bell Centre.
Joel Martin, who had to make a hasty commute form Connecticut during Tuesday's game--will back up again tonight.
The Islanders traded a 6th-round pick yesterday to acquire minor-league goaltender Al Montoya, a former first-round pick of the New York Rangers. Montoya is reporting to Bridgeport, but will likely be recalled when the team returns home tomorrow for a game against Pittsburgh.