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Game Day Preview and Notes: Wild vs Islanders 1pm | October

The Minnesota Wild make trip to the Nassau Coliseum today to take on the Islanders at 1pm.  The Islanders are looking to put the Saturday night loss to the Panthers behind them and get the win today.

Meet the Opponents:

The Minnesota Wild enters the game fresh off a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.  Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi both scored in the victory on Saturday night and helped earn rookie head coach Mike Yeo his first win as an NHL coach.

-The Islanders and Wild do not meet again until December 17. The last time these two teams met the Islanders won 4-1 at the Coliseum back on March 2.

-Pierre-Marc Bouchard was suspended two games for high sticking on Columbus' Matt Calvert. Bouchard has appealed the decision. His agent Allan Walsh did what agents do best and stuck up for his player in a very passionate email to the Minnesota Star Tribune. (Star Tribune)

-Niklas Backstrom is expected to start against the Isles tonight. He is 4-1 against the Islanders with a .913 save percentage. (Star Tribune)

-The Wild are 8-4 lifetime against the Islanders. (Star Tribune)

-Mike Lundin, Matt Kassian, and Cody Almond will all miss today’s game with injuries. Bouchard will also miss today’s game due to suspension.

Islanders News & Notes:

-No starting Goaltender has been announced for this afternoon’s game. Taking a guess I would say Capuano stays with his gut again and has Al Montoya start against the Wild.

-Would also expect similar lineups for today as the ones we saw on Saturday.

-Attendance for today’s game will be an interesting thing to watch. Last years Columbus Day Matinee only drew around 10,000 or so fans and that was against the Rangers. Columbus Day has sort of become an insulting holiday to many and some schools and businesses do not give the day off for it. It won’t be the same raucous crowd that was there on Saturday, but expect a crowd of around 13,000 or so.

-It was revealed that the Islanders goal song for this season will be Crowd Chant by Joe Satriani, a native of Long Island. Will be confirmed today when the Islanders score a goal.

Side Note:

Unfortunately I will not be able to catch today’s game, so no twitter updates. Expect a post game piece up later tonight though.