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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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