As expected, Al Montoya gets another crack at his former team tonight.
He's hoping to bounce back after giving up five goals in the team's 6-3 loss at Madison Square Garden March 15.
"This is a good challenge for us to go out there and play against a good team that's going to the playoffs," Montoya said. "It's about us getting back out there, playing strong and getting a win."
Zenon Konopka was given the green light to play by Jack Capuano despite a right ankle injury suffered during a hit in the third period of last night's game.
"Guys that have battled for us...I' not gonna stop them," Capuano said. "If they feel they can give us what they've got I'm going to let them play."
This injury is only the latest of a whole slew of maladies that have hampered Konopka in recent weeks. He called this one, "the cherry on top."
While clearly not feeling great--he tested his ankle with a brief skate this morning--Konopka said he didn't want to miss what he now feels is the "biggest game of the year."
"You get sucked into this rivalry as soon as you step onto Long Island, as soon as you sign here," Konopka said. "You get educated very quickly that we don't like them and they don't like us."
"The more you become embedded in this community the more passionately you feel about this rivalry. That's what makes this a great part of hockey."
Capuano said Grabner is doubtful for tonight's game. His girlfriend was induced into labor last night, but there has yet to be progress with the birth of the couple's first child (as of 10:07 a.m. according to his Twitter account). The Islanders are planning to be without him.
Wojtek Wolski, Matt Gilroy and Chad Johnson on the ice for the Rangers, so assume that Mats Zuccarello is in for Wolski and Lundqvist makes back-to-back starts.