New York Islanders (1-0-1-3, 2nd ATL) v. Washington Capitals (2-1-0-4, 2nd SE)
7:00 pm Verizon Center, Washington, DC

The New York Islanders come to Verizon Center for the first of two trips to the Nation's Capital tonight.  They won't return unitl Mar. 1.  Both teams limp into this one, with New York missing their best player, C John Tavares, who is out with a concussion, and their best defenseman, James Wisniewski, suspended two games for an obscene on-ice gesture two nights ago against the Rangers.

Taveras led the Isles with 54 points as a rookie last season.

The Islanders were already missing D Mark Streit and RW Kyle Okposo, both of whom started the season on injured reserve.

New York has scored half of its season total of 10 goals on the power play.

The Caps will be missing Matt Bradley and Tom Poti, both still nursing lower body injuries.  Caoch Bruce Boudreau expects both to play over the weekend.  Rookie C Marcus Johansson could miss a few games after taking a shot off the boot Monday night against Ottawa.

Washington has killed off all 12 shorthanded situations it has faced through three games. Last year the Capitals never went four games without allowing a power-play goal.


NYI:  RW Blake Comeau (3-1-4, +3), Josh Bailey (1-3-4, +1), Rick DiPietro (1-0-0, 3.94, .855)
WAS:  Alex Ovechkin (3-2-5, +2), John Carlson (1-3-4, even), Michal Neuvirth (2-1-1, 2.62, .916)

NYI:  C Tavares (out-concussion), D Wisniewski (out-suspension), G Lawson (out-knee), C Schremp (out-back)
WAS:  RW Bradley (LBI, day-to-day), D Poti (LBI, day-to-day), C Johansson (foot, day-to-day)