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Morning Skate Updates 4/16/13

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Morning Skate Updates 4\/16\/13
Morning skate running updates for Islanders-Panthers 4\/16\/13
The Islanders will have morning skate at Nassau Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their game tonight against the Florida Panthers. Check this space for the latest updates throughout the skate.

10:15: Full team skate this morning. Another big two points on the line tonight. Here's the Zamboni getting the ice ready.



10:25: Casey Cizikas out early, working one-on-one with Bernie Cassell.



10:34: Morning skate drills getting started.



10:38: Jack Capuano looks on



10:41: Matt Carkner gets a breather



10:54: Capuano says Radek Martinek will go in for Matt Carkner tonight. Forward lines TBD. Evgeni Nabokov in net, as expected. Full audio coming in a bit.

11:08: Matt Martin, on going against a team playing the role of spoiler tonight: "We've been that team for the last couple years. You play loose, you're relaxed, you're just going out there and having fun. There's nothing on the line, no pressure. Sometimes that tends to be your best hockey. We're ready for them. We were talking about how the Rangers game is the biggest game of the year. Now this one is. We can still catch Ottawa and maybe even Toronto. This is one we have to have tonight."

11:12: Martin, on the home ice advantage: "We've had some success of late at home. I think a lot of that would have to be because of the crowds we've had. Against Tampa Bay, we heard the "Let's go Islanders" chants. They've been great. Hopefully we continue to have them down the road here in the playoffs.

11:18: Thomas Hickey, on how long players spend after a game before thinging about the next one: "I think the saying is 'You can enjoy it for a few minutes.' But in reality, we played that game and then had a day off in between. That's to get your mind away from hockey. It really depends. The day before a game, before that practice, your focus switches. We're doing video on the other team. That whole mindset shifts. Win or lose, you have to get ready for the next team."

11:22: Hickey, on the keys to success tonight: "There's a couple things. Every game we play has been close. We understand it's going to be a close one. Any team can beat any team any night. This is a team that's played really well. From watching them, they outplayed Pittsburgh badly in the third period the last game they played. They're going to be ready. They're a good team. Guys are out to prove themselves."

11:25: Hickey, on why this team is able to win low-scoring games now: "Looking back, maybe (losing low scoring games) wasn't the worst thing to happen to us early in the season. You've got to learn. You crawl before you walk. We lost a few. We realized what we were doing wrong, and then we just matured as a team. When we get in those situations now, we look forward to it."

11:33: As promised, here's Capuano's full audio.

12:12: Pictures from Florida's skate.





Scottie Upshall



12:16: Kevin Dineen, on the Coliseum: "This place has a lot of personality, and you can easily beat up on it. But at the end of it, there's great history here. To me, it's a fun place to play. It starts with the walk across the parking lot. We've all done that. A lot of great hockey players have done that over the years. We'll enjoy this building while we can. More importantly, we know we have a very strong test for us tonight."

12:19: Dineen, on what he sees in the Islanders: "The same thing I've seen all year. They like to come at you from the blue line. They have a very dynamic defense, guys that can contribute on the offensive side of things. They have special players that have upped their game. Anytime you watch the Islanders, Tavares has specifically stuck out. He's a special player and he's grown into a premier player in this league."

12:26: Jonathan Huberdeau, on his rookie season in the NHL: "You learn a lot in your first year in the NHL. But we had a lot of injuries, so it's been hard for our team. As a young guy, you have more responsibilities. I took it and a lot of veteran players helped me get through that.

12:31: Brian Campbell, on playing out the string: "It's a mindset. It doesn't matter how this season has gone, or who's in the lineup and who's not. I think the other big thing is for all of us to realize going forward, nothing's going to be given to us, whether that's a job here or anywhere. Nothing's going to be given to you next year. You can't be too comfortable. That goes for veteran guys and rookies. That's something we need to learn and learn quickly."

12:34: Campbell, on playing a team in the thick of the playoff race: "Well special teams plays a big part every night. You need to win that battle. They've got a good power play and they can move it around. They come out with a good forecheck, so we need to get around that and find some open guys. I think we've struggled lately with our passing. We need to make quick heads-up plays, and get the puck in good position for our teammates, and we'll have a lot of success."

Check NewYorkIslanders.com tonight for live updates of the game between the Islanders and Panthers. 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 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 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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