Morning Skate Updates 4/16/13

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 10:15 AM ET / 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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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