Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders will get one of their three injured players back tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.
Casey Cizikas will return to the Islanders lineup in his customary fourth line center role. The trade off, however, is Michael Grabner having to sit because of a lower body injury. Grabner missed the first 25 games of the year because of hernia surgery he had in October. The speedy Austrian made his season debut in the Isles 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on December 4.
The Islanders fourth line has gelled for the team and created some offensive opportunities. Cizikas, who has had a big hand in their success, has credited that to the players just knowing what they have to do.
"I think we know what our jobs is and what kind of role we have to play," Cizikas said. "It's just a simple game, it's a hard game. It's getting pucks in deep. Making it tough on the bigger defense and other lines. Just trying to play an all around game."
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders. Tonight's game will be his third consecutive start. The defenseman in front of him will be the same as the previous game. Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic both skated this morning and are closer to getting in the lineup, but will not play against the Devils.
"Still day-to-day," Capuano responded when asked about the status of the Islanders two best defenseman. " They're coming along quite well and hopeful we will know a little bit more after this game here tonight."
Keith Kinkaid will start in net for the Devils.