Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Nick Leddy will see his former team for the first time this season.
The Isles will host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nassau Coliseum tonight and try to snap a three-game losing. Leddy played four seasons with the Blackhawks before he was traded to the Islanders before the start of the season.
With the Islanders down two of their best defenseman, Leddy has been a player that head coach Jack Capuano has given more ice time to. On Thursday night he led the defenseman in ice time with 20:27.
"There's no question that guys are getting more minutes than they used to," Capuano said. "A guy like Nick, he's a penalty kill guy for us. He's playing first unit power play for us. He's playing four-on-four in all situations and he's defended real well for us.
"You lean on a young guy like that to step up and do the job."
Leddy has already been given more responsibility since he has arrived on Long Island and with Boychuk and Hamonic both still sidelined he has received even more opportunities. One of the biggest attributes that Leddy brought -- along with Boychuck -- is that both have won and played on top teams.
In situations like the Islanders current one it can come in handy and Leddy has relished the chance to get more responsibility since he came to the Islanders in October.
"Obviously every player wants to play more," Leddy said. "Every player wants to be in those situations, big situations, and thats the type of player I want to be and hopefully I can keep improving."
The Islanders will make some changes to their lineup, including on the defensive end. Griffin Reinhart will take Brian Strait's place on the blue line and Josh Bailey will take Eric Boulton's spot up front. Jaroslav Halak will start in net.
Hamonic and Boychuk are both still day-to-day, according to Capuano.