Monday's game holds significant importance to the Islanders if they're hoping to stay atop the Metropolitan Division.
The Islanders (42-21-4) are ahead of the New York Rangers by one point in the Metro. A win over the struggling Maple Leafs (26-35-5) would put them back ahead by three points in the standings heading into Tuesday night's game against the Blueshirts.
Monday marks the final time the Islanders and Leafs will face one another this season. The Islanders are 1-1-0 this year against the Leafs and have been victorious in four of their last five trips to Air Canada Center. The Leafs have continued their downward spiral, going 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Leafs. He is 19-21-5 this season with a 2.78 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Michael Neuvirth will start for the Islanders. He is 6-4-1 all-time against the Maple Leafs.
Nazem Kadri will be a healthy scratch tonight as a disciplinary measure for missing a team meeting.
"It's my mistake; I screwed up and I have to face the consequences," Kadri told reporters Monday morning. "I'm not going to sit here and try to make excuses. It was my fault and I will accept whatever [punishment] is given to me."
Tyler Kennedy will take Colin McDonald's spot in the Islanders' lineup and the rest of the lineup will remain the same.
Anders Lee-John Tavares-Josh Bailey
Michael Grabner-Brock Nelson-Tyler Kennedy
Nikolay Kulemin-Frans Nielsen-Ryan Strome
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey-Travis Hamonic
Calvin de Haan-Lubomir Visnovsky
James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov-Peter Holland-Richard Panik
Joffrey Lupul-Trevor Smith-David Booth
Brandon Kozun-Zach Sill-Joakim Lindstrom
Dion Phaneuf-Jake Gardiner
Eric Brewer-Tim Erixon
Morgan Rielly-Petter Granberg