Both coming off tough one-goal losses last night, the Islanders and Rangers square off tonight at Nassau Coliseum with a little more than one week remaining in the regular season.
Figure that Al Montoya will get the start tonight against his former team. The 26 year-old netminder, who signed a one-year extension with the Islanders Tuesday, didn't fare so well against his old team the last time around. Montoya was pulled after giving up five goals in the team's 6-3 loss at Madison Square Garden March 15.
Henrik Lundqvist told reporters he hoped to play tonight despite taking a shot to the knee in the second period of last night's game. Lundqvist played the rest of the game, but declined to discuss the nature of the injury with reporters after their 1-0 shutout loss to Buffalo.
Michael Grabner is questionable tonight. He missed last night's game to be with his girlfriend while she was in labor with the couple's first child. According to Grabner's Twitter account, she still had not given birth as of 10:07 a.m.
Grabner warned me this kid was "stubborn" yesterday....
Zenon Konopka's status may be up in the air as well. Konopka had his ankle heavily taped last night after the game. He took a hard hit during the third period and had to test his ankle twice before returning to the ice. The feisty fourth-liner has been battling through a number of injuries lately. Add this one to the list...