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Day 2: Morning Skate Updates

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 3:28 PM
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Day 2: Morning Skate Updates

The Islanders are in the Mile High City and face the Colorado Avalanche for the first time in over two years. Both teams enter the contest with 4-1 records in their last five games, but the Islanders have won five straight on the road.

Ahead of tonight's game, the Islanders held an optional morning skate in Denver. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today's skate at Pepsi Center and a look at the Avalanche.



Lineup Notes/Changes: Colin McDonald draws in on the fourth line for Eric Boulton, while Matt Donovan steps in for Matt Carkner on the back end. Kevin Poulin will start in goal.

Road Streak: The Islanders have won five straight on the road and six of their last seven away from Nassau Coliseum.

Power Play: The Islanders power play went 4-for-6 against Dallas and Toronto and is 9-for-18 over the team’s last five games. The 50 percent conversion rate catapulted the Islanders' power play from 23rd in the league to 12th.

Andrew MacDonald on the PP: Right now we are all on the same page and you can really see that guys are anticipating well where other guys are going to be. We’re getting pucks to the net and are converging on the net and that’s what needs to happen to have a successful power play.

Point Streaks: Thomas Vanek is on a career-high, 10-game point streak (5g/10a). John Tavares has points in his last seven games (7g/9a) and the team’s last six (7g/8a). Tavares has eight points (3g/5a) in his last two games. Calvin de Haan has three points (1g/2a) in his last two games.

Poulin: Kevin Poulin has won two straight games for the Islanders since Evgeni Nabokov suffered a lower-body injury.

Donovan in Denver: Matt Donovan played two seasons for the University of Denver, recording 16 goals and 37 assists in 78 games.



From the Coach: We need Donovan to play his game. Just keep moving the puck, make a good first pass, play high-percentage hockey and we want him to move his feet, that’s the biggest thing.

Avalanche Warning: The Avalanche got off to a blistering start this season, going 19-6 in their first 25 games. The team cooled off in December, skating to a 5-5-4 record, but has rebounded for a 3-1-0 start to January.

Team Leaders:  Matt Duchene leads the Avalanche in goals (16), points (38) and is tied for the team lead in assists (22). However, the Islanders top priority may be the duo of Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny, who are currently the two hottest players on the Avs. Landeskog is riding a career-high, eight-game point streak (3g/8a) while Stastny has eight points (2g/6a) in his last three games.

MacKinnon: Tonight is the Islanders first look at Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in the 2013 draft. MacKinnon leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 28 points (14g/14a).

Avs PP: The Avs have scored a power-play goal in three straight games (4-for-9) and have gone 7-for-15 in their last six games.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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