The New York Islanders return to Brooklyn tonight, the last time before this whole relocation thing gets real.
The hope for this 7:30 p.m. start is that they score a goal. Yes, much more than a goal would be ideal for fans trying out the new digs, but a lone goal would still have this game surpass last year's 3-0 loss in the same venue.
Here is the mish-mash of lines as Arthur Staple speculated them:
#Isles possible forwards: Lee-Tavares-Okposo, Grabovski-Nelson-Kulemin, Grabner-Sundstrom-Bailey, Boulton-Mouillierat-McDonald.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 26, 2014
#Isles D/G: Czuczman-Hamonic, Strait-Pulock, Donovan-Brennan. Johnson and Leggio in goal, not sure how they'll split time.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 26, 2014
The big fun there is seeing Anders Lee, who finished last season strong and was a general monster in the last preseason game, next to John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the top line. If he has a good night, the conversation is going to get interesting and even a little angsty around Islanders Country.
Coach Jack Capuano has since suggested they are leaning toward using Johnson for the entire game in goal, which should be a good test. But both Chad Johnsons are ready:
I'm ready RT @BrettCyrgalis: Capuano said that he's "leaning toward" Chad Johnson getting the whole game in #Isles nets tonight.— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 26, 2014
Lots of people are headed to this novelty of a game, including several LHH authors and readers. But it's also televised on MSG+. Here is the channel finder.
The Devils will play one of their backup candidates, famed Antiguan novelist Keith Kinkaid. The rest of the roster, per Fire & Ice, includes several of the Devils' old men and veteran PTOs:
Forwards: Martin Havlat-Patrik | Elias-Dainius Zubru | Reid Boucher-Adam Henrique- Michael Ryder | Stefan Matteau-Scott Gomez-Jordin Tootoo; Ruslan Fedotenko-Rod Pelley-Cam Janssen.
Defensemen: Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Damon Severson, Mike Komisarek, Brandon Burlon, Seth Helgeson.
Goaltenders: Scott Clemmensen, Keith Kinkaid
Game time is 7:30. Don't miss your train.