Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: Islanders MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
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The Islanders will try to kick off a home-and-home with the Washington Capitals with a win tonight at Nassau Coliseum. They are also looking to grab their fifth consecutive win heading into Thanksgiving.
This is the fourth game in a six game set that the Islanders will play a divisional opponent. The Isles are 6-1-0 against Metropolitan Division. New York went 1-1-2 against the Capitals in 2013-14.
The Islanders will start Jaroslav Halak, who made 21 saves in his last start and is starting in his third consecutive contest. Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan will be back int he lineup after missing Monday's game with an illness. Hickey called said it was a 24-hour flu.
The Capitals will have Braden Holtby in net. Alex Ovechkin told reporters he was ready to go, following the Capitals morning skate, but his coach said he is a game-time decision.
"Every time we play [the Capitals] it seems to be a tight game," Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "It obviously starts in net with a goaltender that plays the puck extremely well. They have a couple D in the backend that transition real well and then upfront they have a lot of fire power. They have good size and forecheck extremely hard.
"Anytime we play them it's a good matchup for our hockey club."
Like many teams in the east, the Capitals have taken notice of the Islanders hot start to the year. At 15-6-0 the Islander are first in the metropolitan and third in the Eastern Conference.
"They have a little momentum and they're feeling pretty good about themselves," Capitals' defender John Carlson said about the Islanders. "And rightfully so. They're fast all over the ice. They have real skill, but also a really quick team. Even on the [defense] they're all pretty quick guys. Like to join the play, so it's kind of five man attack all the time."