Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After a loss on Friday night, the Islanders are back on Coliseum ice to host the New Jersey Devils.
Tonight is the first time this season the Isles and Devils will face each other this season and this is the first of two games being played at Nassau Coliseum between the two clubs. The Islanders went 3-2-0 against the Devils in 2013-14.
Jaroslav Halak will be back in net tonight for the Islanders. Backup Chad Johnson started int 5-2 loss to the Capitals on Friday Afternoon. Both Johnny Boychuk and Lubomir Visnovsky will be out of the lineup due to injury. Travis Hamonic, who also looked to have suffered an injury on Friday, will play against New Jersey.
Brian Strait and Matt Donovan will be in for Boychuk and Visnovsky.
Tonight will be Donovan's second game of the season. He made his season debut on November 24 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
"I don't think they had any chances when I was on the ice," Donovan said about the November 24 game. "That's one thing I want to concentrate again on tonight."
Without Visnovsky and Boychuk in the lineup the Islanders will be without two of their top defenseman against New Jersey. However, with the way the Islanders have been playing through November the bumps in the road don't seem to come as a surprise to Jack Capuano.
"When you've gone through a stretch that we've gone through there is gonna be bumps and bruises," he told reporters following the morning skate. "Your team's playing had and thats what you want to see. You want to see ice bags and you want to see guys banged up a little bit. Obviously you don't want injuries, but it just proves to you that your guys are playing hard and they're sacrificing their bodies to do that."