Calvin de Haan and Michael Grabner will remain out. Jaro Halak will start in goal.
Jack Capuano did tell reporters after the morning skate that he believes Michael Grabner is close to returning to action.
"I think he's starting to come along quite well now," Capuano said of Grabner. "I think he comes off IR soon and, if he's ready to go, we have some decisions to make" (DeKorte, Feb 14)
Grabner's return would certainly create an interesting dilemma. Colin McDonald has been a revelation since he cracked the lineup, so he could be safe for the time being. That would mean the Islanders have to find another direction to go, and I'm not sure what that would be. It should be interesting to see where they go when Grabs does return.
In the meantime, I'm surprised not to see Chad Johnson in goal. I'll assume Halak will be in net on Monday against the Rangers, meaning Johnson should get the start on the latter half of the back-to-back on Tuesday in Carolina. I know Johnson hasn't been good, but I think Capuano needs to show a little faith in him. If Cappy can't lean on Johnson, Garth Snow needs to find another option.