After a day off yesterday the Islanders are back at it practicing at the Coliseum this morning. Steve Marcus will be filling in for me today, so she'll have a practice update later, but here are just a few things until then:
When the Capitals come through the Coliseum tomorrow they'll be riding a six-game winning streak. This is the third time this season the Capitals have strung together six consecutive wins.
Their 33-12-6 record has them perched atop the Eastern Conference with 72 points, three ahead of New Jersey.
-The Islanders, who could've grabbed sole possession of the 6th spot in the East with a win over NJ Saturday, are currently in tenth.
That goes to show the impact of just one game, and if anyone summed that up on Saturday, it was Rick DiPietro.
"That's a game that you hope you don't look back on at the end of the season and say those are two points we should've had that cost us the playoffs," DiPietro said.
That's the mentality the Islanders need to adopt if they want to remain in contention in the jam-packed East. And that's the mentality they lacked in the third period Saturday night, when they managed only three shots on goal before suffering a 4-2 loss to NJ.
Andy Sutton will be back tomorrow against the Capitals, giving the Islanders blue-line the size, physicality and edge they lacked in his absence.
Dustin Kohn will be sent back down to Bridgeport.