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Morning Skate Updates 2/28/13

Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Morning Skate Updates 2\/28\/13
Morning skate running updates for Islanders-Maple Leafs 2\/26\/13
The Islanders will have morning skate at Nassau Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their game tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Check this space for the latest updates throughout the skate.

10:15: Always a fun day with the Leafs in the building. Seven players on the Islanders 23-man roster hail from Ontario, while all three parts of the John Tavares-Matt Moulson-Brad Boyes line have roots in the greater Toronto area.

10:30: In about eight hours, this will be a high-5 line. Here's Colin McDonald:



10:33: From McDonald to MacDonald...A-Mac getting ready to hit the ice:



11:00 Jack Capuano talked early today, and we got some good stuff from Boyes and Tavares as well. A couple lineup changes - Keith Aucoin, David Ullstrom and Radek Martinek are scratched. That means Eric Boulton and Joe Finley return to the fold. Third and fourth lines should look something like this:

Michael Grabner - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald
Matt Martin - Marty Reasoner - Eric Boulton

Take a listen: New York Islanders - Jack Capuano 02/28/2013

11:11: Brad Boyes, on playing alongside John Tavares: "Being in the Eastern Conference the last couple years, I saw him a little more, but still not as many times as I do now, where it's day-to-day. You can see the way he plays every night, the way he competes, the way he wants to score goals and win. His determination at that age is awesome to see. It's pretty impressive."

11:15: Boyes, on playing Toronto, the team he rooted for growing up: "I love it. My buddies are all big Leafs fans. They always watch them. They don't always get the Islanders games, but now for sure they'll be watching. I always enjoy playing them. I know there's a lot of people who are going to be watching from home."

11:22: New York and Toronto media gather around John Tavares.



11:24: Tavares, on playing against his hometown team: "It's always a lot of fun playing against him, whether it's here or in Toronto. They've been playing well, and they're a team we're trying to catch, so it's a big game for us. Obviously a lot of people back home will be watching."

11:26: Tavares: "We haven't been very good at home, and we didn't start the [Jan. 24 game at Toronto] very well, so we can't start the way we did. More times than not when you start like that, especially on the road, you're not going to be successful. We need a strong effort at the beginning. With them playing last night and traveling, it's a good opportunity for us. In saying that, we have to be ready to play. We can't expect an easy game. We have to come out hard and make it physical and try to wear them down."

11:32: The Maple Leafs are taking the ice. They lost at home last night to Montreal, and flew to the Island afterward, so my guess is this will be a short, optional skate.

11:40: Upon closer examination, very few Toronto players even at the arena right now. Most are at the hotel, including Head Coach Randy Carlyle. That's going to do it for coverage this morning.

Check NewYorkIslanders.com tonight for live updates during the Islanders-Maple Leafs game. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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