Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus 2 Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Back at Nassau Coliseum the Islanders are looking to keep their early perfect home record alive and pick up that fifth win that they did not get against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
Jaroslav Halak will be back between the pipes against the Leafs. It will be Halak's fifth start this season. On the other side of the ice Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Leafs. He is 0-2-1 in four games played.
A decision on if Lubomir Visnovsky and Travis Hamonic can play against the Leafs will be made later on Tuesday. "He's feeling pretty good right now. Obviously he's gone through one full day of practice. We're still evaluating Hamonic and we'll make that determination later," Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said when asked about the status of Visnovsky.
Capuano did add later that there is "a good chance" that Hamonic will play tonight.
The Islanders will need to step up their power play efforts. In Saturday's loss the Islanders power play went 0-for-7 and will face a Maple Leafs team that has only allowed three goals a man down. The Isles penalty kill will also need to keep the Leafs off the board. The two power play goals given up on Saturday proved to be the difference between a win and loss and the PK has been the topic of conversation since the season started.
"It's a subject that I don't even want to discuss anymore," Capuano said in response to a question about the PK. "Because I think the more that we talk about situations the worse it gets. We just have to make sure we take care of the details and get a big save when we need it."
"Most important is don't take any or don't take many," Thomas Hickey said referring to penalties. The Leafs are 5-for-22 on the man-advantage.