Despite the bleak playoff outlook in recent weeks, the Islanders have rolled to four wins in the past five games.
Their game tonight against Montreal will be the first since being officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Will that have any impact?
"I don't think so," Kyle Okposo said. "We want to keep building as a team and we've been playing well the last few games here. As a whole these last ten games have been a lot better and we just want to continue."
Coach Scott Gordon echoed that same sentiment.
"Our team all year long has competed hard. We may have been out-talented some nights, but I don't think we had too many nights when we were out-battled or out-worked and there's no reason for that to change now.
Conversely, the Habs are in pretty good shape heading into the last week of the season.
Montreal is coming off a big 3-0 win over Buffalo Saturday, a crucial two points that now leaves them in 6th place with 86 points.
According to NHL.com Montreal can clinch tonight if either of these scenarios play out:
--The Canadiens beat the Islanders AND either the Rangers lose to the Sabres or the Flyers lose to the Maple Leafs
-The Canadiens earn one point against the Islanders AND both the Rangers and Flyers lose to their opponents.
"I think we've played a lot of desperate teams--Philly, Calgary, even Ottawa battling for that 3rd spot--i think we take some pride in not letting those teams get wins.
Full skate for Islanders this morning; only a couple of guys for Montreal.
UPDATE: Martin Biron, 6-0-2 in his last 8 starts, is the first goalie off the ice this morning. No Bruno Gervais (groin) tonight