Marty Reasoner sees his team needing a little boost when away from the Coliseum, something to keep the Islanders from falling into a lull when the opponent has a surge. The Isles haven't been run out of any game yet on the road, believe it or not -- they trailed 2-0 after two periods in Tampa on Oct. 20 before losing 4-1, were tied 2-2 in Sunrise before losing 4-2, led the Penguins 1-0 (and then 2-0) before losing in a shootout and were only down 3-2 to the Bruins entering the third on Monday.
That's not to excuse the Isles, who haven't won away from home since Mar. 21 of last season, a seven-game span.
"I think we're still looking for some confidence," Reasoner said. "It's a matter of playing your way into a tough road game and then not playing your way out of it with a mistake here and there at the wrong time. When you're not playing with confidence all the time, the mistakes get magnified."
Jack Capuano said D Mike Mottau, a healthy scratch the last five games, will likely play on this two-game Western Conference swing that begins tomorrow in Denver against the Avalanche. Milan Jurcina, who struggled mightily on Monday, seems likeliest to sit.
Capuano also said that G Al Montoya, who was outstanding in relief of Evgeni Nabokov on Monday, will play one of these games -- most likely tomorrow.
RW Nino Niederreiter (groin) will stay in Bridgeport through the weekend and play three more games with the Sound Tigers before rejoining the Isles on Monday or Tuesday. The Isles host the Rangers on Tuesday, so that may be his first NHL game of the season.