The New York Islanders' first game after the Olympic break was a back-and-forth, heart-pounding drama ended by a Lubomir Visnovsky overtime goal.
The second game was...yeah, it was nothing. Travis Hamonic was one of the few players who showed up in that game, and as a result he won't be in the lineup today, thanks to a one-game suspension.
Today Frans Nielsen reappears, returning from his broken hand injury, which means Mike Halmo is the first "emergency recall" guy to be returned to Bridgeport. It was a nice two-game NHL debut for Halmo. Definitely gave the team something to think about, even while not playing on a scoring line like he did in Bridgeport.
Anders Nilsson, who relieved Evgeni Nabokov for the third period Saturday, gets the start. Looks like the Panthers will use Tim Thomas.
For some reason, the Isles will have seven defensemen skating in warmups, with a decision between Radek Martinek and Matt Carkner to come. [Update: Looks like Carkner.]
Yes, there are lottery implications, etc.