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Morning Skate Updates 3/21/13

Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/21\/13
Morning skate running updates for Islanders-Senators 3\/21\/13
The Islanders will have morning skate at Nassau Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Check this space for the latest updates throughout the skate.

10:15: This is the third and final matchup of the year against the Canadiens, and the Isles have won both so far. Last time the Islanders had a perfect season against Montreal was 1983-84, when they went 3-0-0.

10:27: Matt Moulson and Josh Bailey grab their sticks before heading out for morning skate.



10:32: Matt Carkner getting his legs under him before practice



10:33: Brad Boyes takes a lap around the ice to get loose



11:00: As some speculated, Kevin Poulin will get the start tonight in goal. This is probably momumentally cool for him, being from Montreal. He was unavailable for media this morning, but I did catch up with Kyle Okposo, Thomas Hickey (one goal, two assists this season vs. MTL) and John Tavares.

11:08: Kyle Okposo, on defending against other teams' top lines while also being counted on to produce offensively: "You just have to be responsible defensively. I've been playing on a line with Frans (Nielsen) off-and-on for three years, so it's not really anything new. He's such a smart player down low, so it makes Josh (Bailey's) and my job easier. We have to keep talking it out and play from the defensive zone out."

11:13: Hickey, on whether he circles games against Montreal on the calendar, due to his success on the score sheet against the Canadiens: "(Laughs) No...no I don't. I've had a couple of friends talk to me about that. It's just a coincidence. It's another game, I prepare the same way. Hopefully something positive happens again tonight. But it's nothing about the way they play or the way I play."

11:17: Hickey, on getting acclimated to being an NHL regular: "From how I felt in the first couple of games, to how I feel now past the midway point of the season - it's much different. I'm much more comfortable out there. I'm playing a lot better. But at the same time, it's hard. Players are good up here, and you've got to be ready every single shift. It's been an adjustment but I feel like it's going the right way."

11:20: Tavares, on holding third period leads in the future: "We can't go out there and worry so much that we hesitate and get away from our game when we're playing well. We did a lot of good things the last couple games, and we have to go out there and keep pushing. We have to raise our level each period. With a lead you want to be cautious, because you don't want to give up too many opportunities, but we've also got to stay aggressive and try to get the next one. I think if we stay on the offensive and keep teams on their heels, we'll be more effective."

11:27: Montreal is headed out to the ice in a minute. They haven't lost in regulation since the last time they were in this building, on March 5. They're 5-0-1 since, with a 3-2 OT loss in their last game Tuesday vs. Buffalo.

11:45: Here's the full Jack Capuano podcast from earlier. He also mentioned that Matt Carkner will return to the lineup tonight in favor of Radek Martinek. New York Islanders - Jack Capuano 03/21/2013

11:52: A good look at Lars Eller in line at Canadiens' skate



11:55: Defenseman Alexei Emelin takes a shot on goal



12:30: Canadiens Head Coach Michel Therrien, on tonight's matchup with the Islanders: "They've played well against us. They find ways to win. We've got to make sure we play our game. Every time we play the Islanders, we realize they've got some skill players. They've had a chance to pick up some good, young players at the draft. If you don't play a good, checking game against that team, it could hurt you.

12:35: Therrien, on how to contain the Islanders power play, which struck twice in each previous matchup between the two teams: "Discipline is going to be a big factor. We don't want to send their power play on the ice because they've got skilled players. They found a way to beat our PK the last time we played those guys."


Check back tonight for live updates of tonight's game between the Islanders and Canadiens. Puck drop is set for 7:00.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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