ARENA: Corel Centre, 7 p.m.
TV: TSN % Radio: Team 1200, CJRC 1150, Star 96 FM (Pembroke), The Jewel 1220 (Cornwall), Kix 102.7 FM (Kingston)
KEEP AN EYE ON ...
55 JASON BLAKE C
AGE: 32 HT: 5-foot-10 WT: 185 lbs.
2005-06 STATS: 34 GP 16 G 13 A 29 Pts 23 Pims
THE SKINNY: Acquired by the Isles on Jan. 3, 2001, for a conditional draft pick from Los Angeles. He was signed as a free agent by the Kings on April 17, 1999 ... Played seven games with Lugano, Switzerland, during the lockout ... Was a member of Team USA at the 2004 World Cup ... Registered a team-high 243 shots during the 2003-04 season and finished fourth in the league with four shorthanded goals ... Was named the WCHA player of the year with North Dakota in 1998-99 and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Trophy as the top college player in the U.S.
Expect to see G Rick DiPietro start for the Isles tonight. He didn't suit up against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and coach Steve Stirling said he plans to use him less because DiPietro made nine straight starts going into the holiday break ... The Isles have lost three straight for the first time this season. "It's frustrating as a goalie," said DiPietro. "I can't even put it into words right now." ... There are fewer than 50 tickets remaining for tonight's visit by the Isles ... Isles C Mike York won 10 of his first 12 faceoffs against the Rangers, but didn't win any of the seven he took in the third period ... Ottawa C Bryan Smolinski has five points (1-4) in his last three games. He has been playing between Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson in C Jason Spezza's absence ... F Oleg Kvasha could return to the lineup tonight.
BLACK AND BLUE REPORT
ISLANDERS: C Petteri Nokelainen (knee), indefinite.
SENATORS: C Jason Spezza (chest), won't play; D Brian Pothier (post-concussion), won't play; RW Martin Havlat (shoulder surgery), four months; RW Brandon Bochenski (separated shoulder), two months.