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Morning Skate Updates 3/22/13

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/22\/13
Morning skate running updates for Islanders-Penguins 3\/22\/13
The Islanders will have morning skate at Nassau Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Check this space for the latest updates throughout the skate.

10:28: Looks like not everyone is skating this morning for the Islanders. No surprise, with this being the second half of a back-to-back.

10:30: Andrew MacDonald getting warmed up



10:32: Matt Martin cranking a slap shot



10:49: Just had availability with Jack Capuano. He says Evgeni Nabokov is back in net tonight. Joe Finley will replace Thomas Hickey on defense, and the forward units will stay the same as last night. We'll get his full audio up momentarily.

11:13: Mark Streit, on still being just three points out of a playoff spot: "Obviously, we're not too happy after the last two games we've had. But at the same time, other teams lost as well and we're still in a very good position. Realizing that, it's a very big game for us tonight."

11:16: Streit, on facing the Penguins tonight: "They're very hot right now. Their offense is unbelievable. But we beat them this year in their own building. We know how we need to play. It's the little things like puck management and playing well defensively that are going to make the difference. If you don't do it - if you're careless with the puck, they're going to hurt you."

11:22: Matt Martin, on facing the Penguins tonight: "Last time they really embarassed us. We don't want to let that happen again. We want to stick it to them this time. Games like that happen and you want to put it behind you and forget about it. But this is a good opportunity for us to respond. We want to put an end to that winning streak and get ourselves back on track.

11:26: Martin, on getting the penalty kill back on track: "I think penalty kill and power play will have ups and downs. That's just how the game is. Obviously when you're struggling, you need to make that extra effort and get down and block the extra shot or get pucks out. It's really about getting back to the basics, and getting that good feeling again. Early in the year, when we were clicking at about 95-percent, we felt like we couldn't be scored on. We accepted every challenge. We were excited to go out there on the PK. We need to get that confidence back."

11:29: Martin, on turning things around against a Penguins team that scored twice on the power play last time the teams met: "Obviously, they've got a lot of talent on their team. They had a 5-on-3 that they scored right at the end of, but really that was an ugly game for us in general - one we're not happy about. In saying that, we had a game earlier in the year where we killed off every penalty, including a five-minute major. We did it before, we can do it again."

11:38: Here's the full audio from Jack Capuano this morning: New York Islanders - Jack Capuano 03/22/2013

11:45: Pittsburgh is on the ice practicing PP/PK.

11:51: Sidney Crosby finding for James Neal on a power play drill.



11:53: Craig Adams fires a shot on net during an odd-man rush



12:30: Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma, on when the 10-game winning streak will become a big deal inside the room: "I'm not totally sure. I don't think it's a big focus for our team. I think our judgment is that the next one is always biger than the previous one. 11 is better than 10. I'm not sure we're looking at any significance to 10 in a row, or 11 in a row, and so on."

12:35: Bylsma, on the season series with the Islanders: "We got beat pretty good in the first game. I don't think at any point in time we've underestimated the talent the Islanders have. But we certainly got a lesson Game 1 against them. Game 2, we killed off seven penalties against a very good team on the power play. That was a big part of that game. Of course, last game was a different storyline. We understand just how good they are in terms of skill with their forwards. They have a great group up front. The top line is really dangerous. We're aware of the speed, especially with Grabner, and I think Frans Nielsen is a really good hockey player in terms of adding skill to their top two lines and the power play."

Check NewYorkIslanders.com tonight for live updates of the game between the Islanders and Penguins. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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