Nashville Predators at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ETNassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
TV: None, Radio: WRHU 88.7 FMNashville returns the favor from Sunday -- heading to the Coliseum tonight for the Islanders only preseason appearance at the old barn. The game won't be streamed tonight, technical difficulties says the team, so if you're not there you won't see it (although maybe we'll find the highlights online five days later). The Islanders appear to be icing a full NHL lineup tonight, a preview for what we may see next Friday in New Jersey. Kyle Okposo and Cal Clutterbuck are still out with injuries, so Anders Lee and Brock Nelson appear to be filling in those gaps:Moulson - Tavares - BaileyGrabner - Nielsen - LeeNelson - Regin - BouchardMartin - Cizikas - McDonaldHamonic - MacDonaldHickey - VisnovskyDonovan - StraitNabokov PoulinIf I had to bet on what next Friday's lineup will look like, this is probably pretty close. I would imagine Okposo could be back and take Lee's spot, but this could just about do it. Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart are notably missing, and it would be nice to see one or both of them make the team. Reinhart will likely get a couple games at some point, as the Islanders can use him for nine games and then punt him back to the CHL without burning a year of his contract. He will likely have to look really good to hold a spot past those nine games. Lighthouse had a nice breakdown of this yesterday. For Strome, I continue to get the feeling that he will be the first call up from Bridgeport when the time (or injuries) arise. The Islanders, in my opinion, seem set to give this summer's free agent signings Bouchard and Regin a shot. And if you believe that Strome shouldn't be on the team unless he's in a the top-six, well, there's not a whole lot of room at the inn. They might not be forced to make the hard choices right now, but probably next year the Islanders will be forced to choose between veteran forwards and young forwards. That is, if Bouchard and Regin play well enough to earn new contracts. Both of them are on one-year deals, and it's not hard to envision a scenario where they are not retained and a few younger players are brought up and put in their spots. That's getting way ahead of ourselves, but it's worth nothing that this scenario could have played out this year and instead seems to have been pushed forward a year. But of course, that can always be reversed through waivers.