MacDonald Surprised With Start

Source: NY Newsday | Jan 6th 2009, 5:30am EST

MacDonald was "little bit surprised" to be the starter. He went on to say, "Every night I just try to be ready. I came in, and they said, 'You're playing.' So, I went on with my routine."

When asked if the Islanders are being more cautious now Dipietro said "Yeah, just see what happens, I'm just fresh off [the groin injury], and we're making sure everything goes according to plan."