Morning Skate Updates 3/19/13

Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 10:15 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/19\/13
Morning skate running updates for Islanders-Senators 3\/19\/13
The Islanders will have morning skate at Nassau Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their game tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Check this space for the latest updates throughout the skate.

10:15: This is the third and final matchup of the year against the Senators, with the home team winning each of the first two. Isles getting ready to head out in a few minutes.

10:35: Everyone is on the ice this morning for the Islanders, including Matt Carkner, Michael Grabner and Jesse Joensuu.

10:46: Evgeni Nabokov is the first off the ice. Kevin Poulin stays out.

11:53: Some photos from practice this morning...

Eric Boulton participating in drills while Frans Nielsen waits his turn.



Radek Martinek jumps in on a drill.



Kevin Poulin makes a save on John Tavares.



Poulin stops Kyle Okposo



10:56: Jack Capuano says the he's rolling out the same lineup as he did Saturday at Florida, including Nabokov. That means Carkner, Grabner and Joensuu will watch from upstairs tonight. Capuano hinted that Carkner and Grabner could be back very soon, and that conditioning was the main focus with all three right now.

11:27: Here's the full Capuano media scrum - New York Islanders - Jack Capuano 03/19/2013

11:32: Late getting out of the Islanders room, as lots of Ottawa media were waiting around for Carkner, the former Sen. Carkner has been injured since Feb. 6, and has missed both Ottawa games so far.

11:35: Here's No. 7, on how he's feeling: "I'm there basically. Our team's on a bit of a positive streak here, so the timing for me to come back is a little tough. The lineup is playing well. I've just got to be ready for when coach wants me back in.

11:38: Carkner, on not getting to face his old team this season: "That's hard. I'd love to take some liberties on some guys out there (laughing). It's just going to have to wait. I've learned from these things in the past. I've got to bury my head, work hard and I'll get my opportunity."

11:41: John Tavares from a few minutes ago, on how first year Islander Brad Boyes (goals in three straight games) has fit in with the team: "We talk a lot about how we can still be better. We want to create even more offensively. I think he's just getting more comfortable with the team. Everything happened so fast here, with the shortened camp and the shortened season. Sometimes it takes some time to get going, but I think Brad played well off the bat. Now he's in more of a groove and has a better understanding of not just me and Matt (Moulson), but everyone here and our system. It's good to see him be rewarded."

11:46: Senators are on the ice, working on beating forechecks. This is a team that has gotten it done with the little things this year - they have the second-fewest goals against (62) in the Conference, and before Sundays' 4-1 win against Winnipeg, had played in 11 one-goal games in a row (5-2-4), dating back to their Feb. 19 matchup with the Isles.

12:00: Here's Colin Greening, trying to deflect a shot in front of Robin Lehner.



12:04: Ben Bishop leaves the ice first for the Senators. So far the Islanders have seen Craig Anderson (Feb. 19 - loss) and Lehner (Mar. 3 - OT win) this season, but not the 6'7, 214-pound Bishop.

12:28: Just left the Ottawa room after chatting with Colin Greening, Kyle Turris and Head Coach Paul MacLean. I asked MacLean who some of the players were who have stepped up and impressed him this season, and he listed off about 13 players - Veterans, young guys who came up from AHL Binghamton, pretty much everybody. And that was right after he was complimentary about the three goaltenders who have played a big role this season.

12:32: Greening had a simpler answer: "I think everybody has raised their play. If you want to pinpoint some people, I think you should look at the guys who have come up from Binghamton. Andre Benoit, Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba, Jakob Silfverberg - all those guys who spent time in the AHL and came up to fill pretty big roles with guys being out. Generally, I think everyone has stepped up their game because you have to."

12:36: Greening, on Ottawa playing smart hockey this season: "I think we're pretty consistent over 60 minutes, and lately, over 65 minutes a lot of the time. Our mentality is that we may not break you down in the first period, but if we do the right things consistently, it'll pay dividends in the third period."

12:38: Turris, who is pacing the team with 19 points this season, on the keys to victory tonight: "We've just got to keep playing our game and come out with a good start on the road. We need to play a full 60 minutes like we know we can."

12:42: MacLean, on the special teams play this season: "The penalty kill has been very good all year long, very consistent. I think the power play is starting to get a little more consistent, keeping it a little bit simpler - not trying to create too much from what's not there, and just take what's given to us. That seems to be having an effect for us. The strength to our penalty killing has always been our goaltending, and at the same time, the structure we're playing with is helping us as well."

12:44: MacLean, on the keys to an Ottawa win tonight: "We've got to get started again. This is a very good team we're going up against - very skilled. Tavares is one of the best players in the league, and his line is always a threat. We have to make sure we're aware of their defense. They like to get active. We need to play more in their end than they play in ours."

Check back tonight for live updates of tonight's game between the Islanders and Senators. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

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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