There are only five games left for the Islanders and two of them are against the lottery bound Blue Jackets. The first of those games takes place tonight in beautiful Columbus, Ohio. While it's the Islanders that are heading to the playoffs, the Blue Jackets have been the better team as of late (haven't they heard of this Larry McDavis guy?).
Jaroslav Halak will be in net tonight for the Islanders as he squares off against Sergei Bobrovski. The goalie also known as "Bob" has been hot as of late winning his last six contests. The team as a whole hasn't lost since the fifteenth of March, frustrating fans that simply want the draft pick.
The Islanders may just be happy to get out of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum where they've been less than successful recently. They should also be happy that March is over. The schedule looks rather kind from here on out as they only have one game left against a playoff team.
This is an interesting game in that there are basically no common threads. The only former Islander on the Blue Jackets, Jack Skille, never played a regular season game for New York. Nobody on the Islanders roster has ever played for the Blue Jackets.
There's not that much of a rivalry here and one wouldn't expect much in the way of violence, so Eric Boulton draws in for Tim Kennedy. Brian Strait is in for Calvin de Haan who is a healthy scratch once again. Michael Grabner is also a scratch despite being 100 percent healthy according to reports. Frans Nielsen tweaked something in practice, but will still play.
The game can be caught on MSG+ in the New York area and on Fox Sports Ohio in the Ohio area. Radio coverage will be found on Radio Hofstra 88.7 as always. Feel free to venture over to The Cannon to catch a quick refresher on all news that is Blue Jackets.