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Game Day Updates 10/4/13

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 11:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Day Updates 10\/4\/13
Islanders-Devils Game day updates
The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils will play tonight to open the 2013-14 regular season. The Isles hit the ice at 11:30 at Prudential Center for an optional morning skate.

11:55: Jack Capuano just finished speaking to the media. Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson are in. The scratches tonight will be Matt Carkner, Eric Boulton and Griffin Reinhart. More from Capuano later.

12:15: First, some pictures from practice:

Some banners at Prudential Center


Matt Martin about to take part in a drill


Griffin Reinhart sporting the "Hockey Fights Cancer" helmet sticker


Peter Regin waits in line


12:25: Capuano, on what he expects from Brock Nelson: "The one thing about Brock - I thought at the start of training camp he came in and he played safe. He played like any young guy and didn't want to make mistakes. But we need offense on our hockey team, and we need to be balanced. I had a talk with him and in the last two exhibition games, we saw what he can do."

12:30: Capuano, on what he saw from the Devils in last night's game: "It was a game that was high-paced at times and they were patient at times. New Jersey had some chances early. When you get chances early and you don't score, sometimes you get a little frustrated. They played physical and they played hard. I thought when they changed their lines the second half of the game, Peter (DeBoer) moved some guys around, they created some more offense. They're always a team that works extremely hard."

12:36: Travis Hamonic, on opening night: "It's been a long offseason for us, and obviously a long training camp as well. You want to get things started on the right foot. We have a big test here tonight. We know New Jersey is going to come out strong; it's their home opener. Especially given what happened last night. We can't be caught standing still early on in the game. I think everyone's really excited to get things going."

12:39: Brock Nelson, on if he prefers playing center or wing: "Wherever they want me. I think I've been able to play both in the past. I'll just continue to get better at both. If you can play both, it only helps yourself out in the long run."

12:43: Nelson, on playing his game more as training camp went along: "As each day comes, I think you get a little bit more comfortable with what goes on. As the weeks passed, I was able to settle in a little bit and relax and play. That was something they told me to work on during camp."

12:45: Matt Donovan, on what he has to bring tonight: "I'm playing the point on the power play, so I'm trying to put the puck in their hands and let them move it around and hopefully get some shots from the point to open it up for them."

12:47: Donovan, on his comfort level after playing three NHL games back in 2011-12 and returning tonight: "I think it's pretty much like starting over. Those three games feel like a long time ago. I feel like I have the same nerves as I did back then, but hopefully I'll get over those pretty quick. I had a good season last year in Bridgeport, so I'm hoping that carries over."

Podcasts:
Jack Capuano - 10/04/13
Matt Donovan - 10/04/13
Travis Hamonic - 10/04/13

That's it from this morning's activities. We'll be back tonight with live updates from the game, which starts at 7:00 p.m. at Prudential Center in Newark.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 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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