Notes and quotes from the rink

Hear what Travis Hamonic, PA Parenteu and Jack Capuano had to say after Thursday's practice at Nassau Coliseum

Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 1:47 PM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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Notes and quotes from the rink
Today, Travis Hamonic skated with the team for the first time in almost three weeks after a few days of working out by himself with coaches. Here are a few highlights from what he told newyorkislanders.com
Travis Hamonic, sporting a full cage, waits his turn in practice with teammate Kyle Okposo.

“I felt great. I’ve been skating all week. I had an opportunity to get my conditioning level up to where it needs to be. Most importantly, it’s nice to be around the team. I enjoy being around this group, so that’s probably the best thing about it.”

“I have no discomfort. Imagine the worst kind of cold that you have or a sinus infection times 10. From where I was a couple of weeks ago with my nose packed and all those tubes, I’ve got no complaints right now. “

Regarding the cage he is wearing: “I’m confident in wearing it. For my own safety and protection it’s good that I am wearing it. I’m just excited to be back around the group and the guys and to contribute down the stretch.”

On whether or not he can play tomorrow. With a laugh, Hamonic said: “That’s a decision that will be up to Cappy and the coaching staff. I had a great week of practice. I had to show them that my conditioning level is there. I tried to show that my timing is there. I’m ready to step in whenever called upon.”



Mark Streit addresses reporters on Thursday at practice.
Captain Mark Streit was very clear in what needs to be done to make the playoffs: "At this point in the season, they are all must win games."



Forward PA Parenteau echoed his comments and added on being ready for tomorrow: “We know what’s at stake here.  We know it’s a big rivalry and we know that the crowd is gonna be going. Guys are excited for this game, we talked about it this morning. There will be a full house. You can’t ask for a better scenario.”










Capuano, who is feeling much better from his bout with the flu that caused him to not coach in Buffalo on Tuesday, on physicality for Friday’s game against the Rangers: “Every guy is different on your team. Every guy has a little bit of a different role and responsibility, but again, even your skill players have to play with that heart and soul, sacrifice and determination, and finish checks. We have to create some more offense and get our D more involved in the play for sure.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
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9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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