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Monday, 09.26.2011 / 3:13 PM ET
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New York Islanders - Training Camp 2011

Today's second on-ice session was ramped-up from the first group’s session. After the team defeated the Devils 6-2 on Saturday, they were given the day off to rest on Sunday. As a result, Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano skated the guys (who weren’t headed to Calgary for the exhibition) extremely hard.

“It was a good practice after a day off,” said Islanders defenseman Mike Mottau. “We worked on some stuff defensively, that’s when we did some one-on-one drills where we had to get up ice and come back quickly, get some speed.”

He added, “We briefly touched on some in-zone coverage and communicating with our forwards down low, so it was a good defensive day for us. At the end we did a little conditioning skates. It’s always good after a day off to skate it out and get ready to go back at it tomorrow.”

Despite having a good, hard practice, Islanders forward Matt Moulson said the day of rest was a welcome break from the intense on-ice and gym sessions.

“Obviously the day off was well needed,” Moulson said. “We’ve been going pretty hard, skating every day, so it was good to get some rest. Plus, we’ve talked about getting rest throughout the season this year and making sure we work hard when we are back to work. It was a real good work day today.”

Now that the team has begun their second full week of camp and there’s less than two weeks until opening night, what are the players focusing on individually? What's the mindset?

“I think just working on things you need to work on personally and as a team,” Moulson said. “We have to make sure we are ready to go October 8 with whatever that may be, system wise for the team aspect or personally working on things in your game you need to get going for the season.”

He added, “It’s been high intensity high pace every single practice we’ve had. I’m sure it’s going to be the case for the next two weeks so just making sure you’re making good decisions at a high pace.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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