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Day 10: Morning Skate Updates

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 12:11 PM
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Day 10: Morning Skate Updates
The Islanders traded in the Florida sun for some Pennsylvania cold, as they wrap up their six-game road trip tonight in Philadelphia.

The Islanders are coming in hot, having won eight-of-10, and four-of-five on their current road trip. They look to beat the Flyers for the first time this season and make up some ground on their Metropolitan-division rival.

With the Wells Fargo Center hosting a lacrosse game, the site of today’s morning skate was University of Pennsylvania's Class of 1923 Arena. The barn, which we originally guessed had opened in 1923, actually opened in 1972, the same year as Nassau Coliseum.





It was cold, but the rink had a ton of character and today’s skate definitely had a throwback feel to it.

Ahead of tonight’s game, here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.

Lineup Notes/Changes:

Poulin Starts: Head coach Jack Capuano is sticking with his hot goaltender, as Poulin gets his sixth start in a row. The 23-year-old has won six of his last seven contests and allowed two goals or fewer in four of them.

Boulton In: Eric Boulton draws back into the lineup tonight in place of Peter Regin. The Islanders enforcer scored one of his two goals this season at Wells Fargo Center.



From the Coach: You’re at the end of the trip. You’re going home, it’s the last game. This game and the first one back at home are usually the toughest for a team. Mentally you have to be focused and ready for that challenge. This is a crucial stretch for our hockey team obviously with the points and the divisional play. We have to be ready to play against a really good team.





Flyers: After a bumpy 1-7 start to the season, the Flyers have roared back with a 23-12-5 in their last 40 games to claim second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers had been dynamite at home, winning 10 straight at Wells Fargo Center, until a pair of losses in their last two home games. Overall, the Flyers are 1-2-1 in their last four. As good as they’ve been this season, the Islanders enter the game as the hotter team.

Team Leaders: Claude Giroux (13-29-42) and Wayne Simmonds (16-19-35) lead the Flyers in points. Mark Streit leads all Flyers defensemen with 21 points (6-15-21) in 48 games. Vincent Lecavalier (3-1-4) and Giroux (1-3-4) each have four points in two games vs. the Isles this season.

Capuano on the Flyers: This is a good team, they have four lines, they are deep on defense and they have solid goaltending. They have D that activate and they are playing good hockey right now. We’ve had some ups and downs in this building against this hockey club.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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