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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 NYR 20 9 7 4 57 58 22
10 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
11 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
12 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 20 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 20 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 20 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 20 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 19 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 20 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 20 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 20 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 17 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 12 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 9 4 0 .918 2.42
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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