The Capitals arrived on Long Island early this morning on the wings of a 5-1 win in Carolina and are of to their best start through 11 games (9-2-0) in their history.
The Islanders, on the other hand, were blanked 3-0 at home by the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and are winless in their last six games. The Isles are 3-5-2 through their first 10 games, tied with Boston for the fewest points in the Eastern Conference.
The Capitals are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games against the Islanders and have not lost in regulation to New York since Oct. 18, 2007. In that span, Washington has outscored New York 44-27. The Caps have not lost a regulation game at Nassau Coliseum since March 10, 2007, back when Glen Hanlon was their coach.
Look for Tomas Vokoun to get the start tonight against the Islanders. Vokoun is 14-5-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and four shutouts in 25 career games against New York.
Backup Michal Neuvirth, who is coming off a 24-save effort Friday night in his first start since the season opener, is 3-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average in four career games against the Islanders.
Left wing Cody Eakin, who scored his first NHL goal in his second NHL game Friday night in Raleigh, is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight in favor of Mathieu Perreault.