Tonight, our New York Islanders open the season playing host to the Florida Panthers. The game is actually starting at 8PM tonight because of the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur.
It was announced earlier this morning that Al Montoya would be getting the start for us tonight over Rick Dipietro. I was almost certain DP would start after his pretty solid training camp, however Capuano said he was going with a "gut feeling" starting Montoya tonight over DP, and I personally am happy. Although he was pretty good in the preseason, he was still statistically the worst goalie in the NHL last season and that doesn't happen on accident. After his solid performance last year and his solid camp Montoya deserves the start.
The Islanders need to jump on the Panthers early and often tonight. With all their new additions over the summer I am sure they dont have great chemistry yet, however as the game goes on they will get better. With a forward group thats for the most part intact from last year & the Panthers without Vokoun now hopefully the Islanders can finally win a home opener after losing the last two years in shootouts.
No matter what happens, HOCKEYS BACK!!!!!