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Game Day Updates 10/8/13

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Day Updates 10\/8\/13
Islanders-Coyotes Game day updates
The New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes will play tonight at Nassau Coliseum for he first time since the 2011-12 season. The Isles will hit the ice at 10:30 for an optional skate.

10:27: Kevin Poulin heads out for the skate.


10:32: Cal Clutterbuck starts a rush up the ice.


10:48: Jack Capuano just finished up with the media. Islanders will go with the same lineup as Saturday. He's giving Clutterbuck a chance to heal a bit before possibly inserting him into the lineup Friday at Chicago.

10:51: Capuano, on the Islanders defensive awareness and puck management through two games: "It's been pretty good. It's a little better than the start of last season, and it has to continue to get better. But to me, it's about strength and how you defend. We have some guys back there who aren't the biggest guys, but they've got good sticks and good body position. That's something that we continually work on and show video on."

10:55: Capuano, on tonight's opponent: "They're a great skating team. They're quick. They're mobile on the back end. Yandle is back there, and they've got a few other guys who really are active. They've got some good experience on their hockey club, and obviously Mike Smith in net who plays the puck extremely well. He's like a third defenseman back there. We've got to be ready to skate. When you play some of these teams, it's like a track meet - you have to keep your feet moving all the time."

11:15: Josh Bailey, on if it's difficult playing in back-to-back shootouts to start the season: "I don't think so. If anything, we've gained a little more confidence in those situations. Overtimes are so short, so they don't really take a whole lot of you."

11:21: Bailey, on what areas the Islanders need to improve on: "I don't know if there's one big thing. But when we get the momentum, we need to keep it. I thought we had some momentum at times Saturday, but we let it slip, and they found a way to get one. Next thing you know, it's tied up."

11:44: Some photos from Phoenix's portion of morning skate:

Radim Vrbata


David Moss


Antoine Vermette


12:15: The Coyotes just wrapped up their media availability session. Here's Derek Morris, on what makes Oliver Ekman-Larsson so effective on the Phoenix blue line: "He's done a real good job of learning how to play both ends of the ice. He's got a phenomenal stick in his own zone, and probably skates better than anyone in the league. He moves laterally, closes holes real quick and he makes smart decisions. He plays a simple game, but a really effective one...I think he is a special player. I think people are going to start to notice him more this year with the full season."

12:23: Shane Doan, on the Coyotes new ownership group: "It's great. Not only did we get new owners, but we got pretty good ones. That's an even bigger plus. Both of them are avid hockey fans, and as a player, you want someone who's invested the same way you are. That's encouraging and exciting."

12:28: Doan, on what Phoenix Coyotes hockey is: "It's usually pretty simple. It's not too flashy. We've got a pretty good group of D that can move the puck pretty well. We count on them a lot. Keith Yandle led us in scoring last year, and he's obviously one of the catalysts, along with Oliver Ekman-Larsson back there. It starts with our back end and [goaltender Mike Smith]. As forwards, we try to keep up to everyone else. It's a good group, and we play well together. That's what makes us successful."

12:33: Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett, on what he sees in the Islanders: "I've watched them a little bit. They're a team that looks like they're emerging, with young players who are really trying to become top NHL players. They play with a lot of speed. They've got some good skill, so it'll be a good test for us."

LISTEN: JACK CAPUANO MORNING SKATE AUDIO 10/8/13

That does it for this morning's updates. Check back tonight for live game updates from Nassau Coliseum. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 WSH 33 17 10 6 97 86 40
8 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 7 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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