Eric Boulton, who scored a goal against the Blue Jackets will remain in the lineup and Jaroslav Halak will be in net. Michael Grabner and Tyler Kennedy will once again be healthy scratches. Isles' Coach Jack Capuano says that Boulton brings extra leadership to the bench.
"When you talk about our team he's a great leader," Capuano said. "He's an experienced guy, he plays the right way and for me the emotion on the bench. Especially this time of year is real important for some of our younger guys."
The Islanders have a chance to secure a spot in the postseason with a win over Buffalo, and a loss by Ottawa. The Isles squandered a two-goal lead on Thursday against the Blue Jackets and lost in the shootout. Despite that Capuano felt his team has performed well.
"We've played pretty well in the last few games here and got points," he said. "We just have to continue to play. We need a sense of urgency, no question, but at the same time you don't want to put a lot of pressure on guys. Guys squeezing their sticks to make the right plays and do the right things. We have a group here who knows the framework and how they need to play. Tonight's no different."
On the backend, Calvin de Haan will also be a healthy scratch. He has been scratched for the previous three games by the coaching staff. de Haan has a goal and 11 assists in 64 games for the Isles. He is also a plus-2 on the season.
Mikhail Grabovski did skate during Saturday's optional morning skate. He wore a non-contact jersey during his time on the ice. The Islander forward practiced with the team on Friday as well at Nassau Coliseum.