Barring any setbacks during pre-game warmups, both Andy Sutton (groin) and Jack HIllen (foot) are back in tonight.
Looks like A-Mac is the odd d-man out, but he can take some consolation in the fact that he has more than capably filled in while playing up here.
Dwayne Roloson in tonight against the Panthers. Guessing that Martin Biron will get the start in the second game of the home-and-home against the Rangers.
Scott Gordon shared an interesting tidbit with the group of reporters at the morning skate today. The whole team has been wearing heart monitors during practice since training camp to test their exertion level, amount of calories burned, etc. This is an effort to pinpoint when guys are pushing themselves and to what level to give the coaching/training staff direction on how to run drills efficiently and elicit the optimum performance from those players.
Apparently, John Tavares has made strides in this area, not just in drills, but in the time between. Gordon said Tavares has always had a strong work ethic but, he is "making up the difference," from some of the hardest-working guys on the team.
Also, just wanted to revisit Rob Schremp's goal celebration, which, if you missed it, was one of the best of the year and truly entertaining.
"If I didn't know any better," Gordon said. "The precision with which it was executed would've led me to believe it was planned or orchestrated."
Schremp is one of the most upbeat guys in the Islanders dressing room, always joking around and keeping things loose despite spending a significant chunk of time as the healthy scratch this year, so it's no surprise that there is carryover to his post-goal celebrations.
What may be surprising, however, is that "cellie" as he calls them, may have been one of the more understated in his repertoire. I asked him to rank that on the scale and he gave it a 2.
"I've got my casual cellies and my outrageous cellies," Schremp joked. "You're not going to see any of the outrageous ones unless Joel Rechlicz is in the lineup, because I'll get beat up."
Schremp is a guy that truly enjoys the game and believes in having fun out there. But in all seriousness, Schremp has impressed Scott Gordon lately with his skill and commitment.
"Rob's skill is exceptional and we want to take advantage of that. The plays he's capable of making, not a lot of guys on our team can make them," Gordon said. "With Rob it's just about a complete game in all three zones."
"He's done a great job. It's not easy with the amount of ice time he's had up to this point to go out there and function within a team's system. He wants it bad, and he's working at it."
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