Jaroslav Halak will be back in net to open up the series against Washington. He is 2-0 against the Capitals this season. Braden Holtby will start between the pipes for the Caps. He is 41-20-10 this season in 72 regular season appearances, with a 2.22 goals against average and .923 save percentage.
Head coach Jack Capuano did not give much of an update on the lineup up when he addressed reporters this Morning in Annapolis, Maryland. The defensemen that appeared in Saturday's regular season finale will appear in tonight's contest. For Calvin de Haan, it will be his NHL playoff debut. Anders Lee and Ryan Strome will also be making their debut in the postseason.
Tom Wilson will not be in the lineup for Washington. He has been out since April 5 due to a head injury.
The Islanders and Capitals split the regular season 2-2, with each club winning in their home building. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
Here are the Islanders' lines from pre-game warmups:
Nikolay Kulemin-John Tavares-Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Michael Grabner
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan-Brian Strait
Thomas Hickey-Lubomir Visnovsky