Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/08/07 at 08:39 PM ET
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Alexei Yashin will make a huge leap from the injured list for the past 16 games into the thick of the playoff push against the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum in a game that figures to be played at maximum intensity. It’s a tough spot, and if Yashin shows he’s not up to it yet, his role in the third period likely will be limited.
Coach Ted Nolan plans to use Yashin to center left wing Viktor Kozlov and right wing Miroslav Satan, a combination that relies on skill and finesse. If the Islanders can stay out of the penalty box and get into more of a rhythm rolling four lines, their skill might make an impact on the scoresheet. But they probably only have two periods in which to do it, especially if the game turns into a nasty, physical affair.
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