The Islanders are in need of a big win tonight vs. the Leafs, coming off the heals of a 4-2 bust against their cross town rivals, the New York Rangers. I’ve always admired Toronto and their fans for their love of hockey, and sticking with their team through the lean years. In fact, the Islanders plight doesn’t feel as bad in comparison. If the Islanders don’t show some life soon, their season will be about draft picks sooner rather than later. It’s never fun to pack it in early, and a win tonight against the Leafs may jsut be what the doctor ordered to break this team out of their season long malaise.
Islanders to watch: I’ve got a feeling about Okposo and Baily tonight. On the flip side, Mark Streit hasn’t been himself on a regular basis. If he can put a 60 minute effort together that will increase the chances of W for the Isles tonight.