There are not too many Friday night games for the Islanders, and that's usually a good thing for me. Being that I am 21 years old, I usually like to go out on my Friday's. I also work until 9 and will miss most of the game since they usually start at 7, and being that I work with people who despise hockey, I will not get to watch it on TV.
But I will get to watch tonight's game, and I hate to admit it, it's not because I am a die-hard fan.
This weekend I was given a VIP pass to McFaddens bar in Rockville Centre. Free food, free drinks, and 1/2 priced drinks for all my friends that joined me from 10 PM - 12 AM. After enjoying that night out, I would be heading out for my first trip to Atlantic City, and then to the Colts/Ravens football game in Maryland that Sunday. But guess who decided to get hit with a virus this past Wednesday with a fever that hasn't gone away and has kept him bed-ridden for the past 48+ hours?
Lady luck was definitely on my side for this one!
So yes, I will get to watch Kyle Okposo return home to play against the Minnesota Wild. This is another game that the Islanders should win considering the amount of injuries that the Wild are dealing with. Throw in also that the Wild are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Witt has returned to the team, as per Chris Botta's blog at www.islanderspointblank.com
, but will not be playing tonight. Expect Andy MacDonald to play again. And good for him. He has earned it with his play in Bridgeport and will probably be looked at over the summer to see if he deserves a roster spot with the big club.
Biron is back in net and will try to be earning his third win of the season. His lonely two wins are not a sign of his play, as he has performed better than his personal record shows. Not only because he has been a good signing for this team and is a good goalie, but hopefully he starts to put up some wins so that the team will be able to get a good return for him in a deal that will probably happen before the March trade deadline.
The Isles have picked up six out of a possible eight points so far on this trip. They returned home for a bit of a three day break. Hopefully they can end the second leg of this road trip the same way they ended the first one.
Isles at Minnesota tonight at 8 PM.