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Game Day Updates 10/15/13

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Day Updates 10\/15\/13
Islanders-Sabres Game day updates
The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres will play tonight at Nassau Coliseum in the first of three meetings this season. The Isles hit the ice at 10:30 for morning skate.

10:38: Some photos from early on:

Josh Bailey


Pierre-Marc Bouchard


Kyle Okposo shooting on Evgeni Nabokov


Brian Strait putting a shot on goal


11:00: Coach and player media availability just wrapped up in the Islanders side of the hallway. Here's Jack Capuano on playing Michael Grabner alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo tonight: "With Johnny's vision and his hockey sense, Grabs is a game-breaker and he can move. You've got to be first o nthe forecheck. You've got to have some speed to get extended zone time. We played those guys together a little bit in Nashville and last year against Tampa Bay when Moulson didn't play, so we'll just see how it goes and take it shift by shift."

11:07: Capuano, on his plans for playing Matt Donovan: "You don't want guys to sit too long. The more you get a young guy in, and the more he can continue to watch the video and be in our team meetings and see what we're trying to do, it's going to help. Matt will be back in there for sure. He gives us offense and creativity on the blue line. But sitting a game or two isn't a bad thing for a young player."

11:11: John Tavares, on the difference playing with Grabner vs. Moulson: "Obviously Grabs' speed is his biggest asset. I don't think there's anyone in the league who can really back off defensemen like he can. He can create space. He's obviously been playing well. When he plays aggressive with his speed, I find that's when he's really making it tough on the other team."

11:14: Andrew MacDonald, on the importance of getting a four-game home stand off on the right foot: "We have an opportunity to play consecutive home games, and we want to take advantage of it. It's early in the season, and obviously we're coming off a couple of tough losses, so it's going to be crucial for us to have a good home stand."

11:17: Thomas Hickey, on playing a Buffalo team trying to climb their way out of the Eastern Conference cellar: "You certainly can't take anyone lightly in this league. They're a team with a lot of energy, good goaltending, some high-end guys. We don't take them lightly at all. We'd like to think we're better than our record, and it's probably the same for them. It's a big matchup for us - it's going to be a tight game."

11:40: Sabres head coach Ron Rolston, on playing their third game in four nights against an Islanders team that hasn't played since Saturday: "We'd rather make sure guys are getting rest throughout the course of the week. It's tough, with the schedule - we have 15 games in October. A lot of it is just managing guys' energy. You don't have a lot of practice time to go with it, so it's about guys' abaility to manage their time away from the rink and recover mentally and physically."

11:50: Rolston, on if there's been a missing ingredient on his hockey team, which has played in five one-goal games (all losses): "We haven't finished well early on in the season. Part of that is getting the power play going and having key guys finish when they get their opportunities. We haven't been able to score a lot of goals. Our goaltending has been excellent, but right now it's just about working hard and getting back to the basics of offense and being simple about it."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 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 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 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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