Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
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Jaroslav Halak will get the chances to face his former team this afternoon as the Islanders host the St. Louis Blues at Nassau Coliseum.
Halak spent four years in St. Louis playing for the Blues, where he picked up 82 wins and a franchise high 20 shutouts. During his tenure there he held a 2.23 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.
"I had a great time there," Halak said on Friday following practice in Syosset. "It was a big part of my career, really good people, but I'm here now. It's part of the business, I guess... I always say things happen for some reason and I'm happy that I'm here. This is my team now and hopefully I can help them."
The Islanders will make some changes to the lineup for the afternoon matchup. Cal Clutterbuck will take Cory Conacher's spot in the lineup and seven defenseman will dress for warmups. Josh Bailey will sit out for a second game in a row.
Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said that there is a chance that Ryan Pulock -- who was called up on Friday -- plays this afternoon.
"We're a little dinged up in certain areas," he said. "I'm not going to disclose that now, but we'll take warmup and see how our defense feel. We'll go from there."
Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues, dashing hopes that Martin Brodeur would get the chance to start.
The Islanders will honor Bobby Nystrom prior to this afternoon's game. In recent weeks the team has honored Billy Smith and Denis Potvin to celebrate the Islanders' final season at Nassau Coliseum.
"It's moving and it's going to bring back some great memories," Nystrom said about stepping back on Coliseum ice. "I'm thrilled to be asked to come down and have the Islanders honor me. Great memories, great people and great teammates. Just a lot of things going through my head."