Jaroslav Halak will get his first start in goal since Dec. 29 when the Islanders take on the Penguins tonight, Doug Weight told reporters Friday morning.
Halak was recalled from Bridgeport on Thursday. In 25 games with the Sound Tigers, the 31-year old goaltender went 17-7-1 with a 2.15 GA and .925 save percentage.
Alan Quine will be in the lineup for the injured Ryan Strome, who broke his wrist during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
The Isles will use the same defense as Wednesday's win.
Games like tonight are why Jaro is back: to give the Isles someone more reliable that can hopefully carry them to at least a point against the Pens in the front end of this critical back-to-back. How sharp will he be? Who knows. While he was lights out at Bridgeport, the speed of the game in the NHL is a whole different level. Obviously, Halak has plenty of experience, but will he be ready to step up against the reigning Stanley Cup champs? The Isles will have to hope he will be, as they make up one of their games in hand against the Bruins, who they trail by two points for the second Wild Card.