Pretty tame day on the Islanders side--a lot of talk of duplicating the effort and execution from the other night and keeping things simple.
As Matt Moulson said, "This is the time for us to stockpile poiints, while we're at home."
They'll try to do that tonight against a Rangers team at a critical juncture--2-6-2 in their last 10 games and a flat, uninspired effort last night that left head coach John Tortorella seething and cursing.
No huge surprise he'd want to shake things up, but who he benched--a couple veterans--will surely get the team's attention.
Tortorella said both Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik are out tonight; Aaron Voros will join them as the healthy scratch.
Tortorella didn't want to get into detail about the benchings nor did he want to open up the current state of his team. When asked how he thought his team would respond, he responded:
"I have no idea."
Captain Chris Drury however, said he has confidence that the team's intensity level will be up to par in the second go-around against the Islanders.
"I think we'll see a different start tonight," Drury said.
Meanwhile, Wade Redden came off the ice after a hard skate and shared his displeasure over being benched.
"I'm not pleased about it, obviously, to be singled out," Redden said. "Our team is going through struggles, we've got to be better, and the fact that I'm sitting out, I'm not real happy about it."
"Obviously it comes down to performance and they feel like I have a lot more to give and I want to do that, play more and get that chance," Redden said.
Redden and Kotalik's benchings seemed to send a message loud and clear about accountability.
"It shows you've got to play well to be in the lineup," Drury said. "It doesn't matter how many games you've played or how many years you've been around."
Should be interesting to see how the Rangers come out tonight....