Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez all took a pass on the morning skater today. There was no explanation for their absence but all three are scheduled to play against the Islanders and presumably they were saving their strength.
Defenceman Andrei Markov participated in the skate but also hit the ice an hour before his teammates to work with assistant coach Perry Pearn. Markov is expected to return to the lineup on the weekend. Most reports have him back for Saturday’s home game against the Florida Panthers but I believe Friday’s game on Long Island is more likely.
Carey Price gets his ninth cosecutive start while Dwayne Roloson gets the nod for the Islanders. He was brought in as the backup but he has played better than Rick DiPietro. Roloson is 2-1-0 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. DiPietro is 2-1-2 with a 3.32 GAA and an .882 save percentage. Don’t look for defenceman Bruno Gervais tonight. The Longueuil native is expected to be a healthy scratch.