February 7, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 3rd period of game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Islanders defeated the Flyers 1-0, winning the shootout, 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Habs come a’callin to Uniondale tonight

Ce soir, nous accueillons les visiteurs de Montréal au Nassau Colisée, faire face à une équipe Islanders qui joue leur meilleur cette saison et regardant se déplacer plus près dans les positions.

This will be a night that Isles will need to pull up the straps and face a Canadien team that is desperate to move out of the cellar.  In one of the hockey capitals  of the world, to have their team at the bottom of the standings is near cause for a riot.  It is bad enough to have a coach that has no francophone in him, but to not succeed in the standings is double trouble.  They will be desperate to make some noise.

The top line has not been featured in any scoring in the last two games.  It has helped that secondary scoring has been a factor.  Tonight, both sides of the team will need to be a factor.

Dylan Reese will be out for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.  Milan Jurcina is skating, and may possibly return to the lineup tonight.  If not, Aaron Ness may get some help from either Ty Wishart or Matt Donovan will be called up to take on the task.  Ness, the former Mr. Hockey in Minnesota, did a great job in his first NHL game, and should enjoy his first home contest.

Will we see Evgeni Nabokov, who had his best game as an Islander, by far, in the win on Tuesday?  His 45 save performance was spectacular.  Al Montoya will get some time over the next four days, but as to where, we will see.

I will be working the game tonight, and I will be on Twitter making my usual observations during the game.  To find me look for @islessection317, and use #isles to find us.

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