Game Day Updates 10/22/13

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 10:15 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
X
Share with your Friends


Game Day Updates 10\/22\/13
Islanders-Canucks Game day updates
The New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks will play tonight at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles hit the ice at 10:30 for an optional morning skate.

10:35: Some photos from early on.

Bernie Cassell gives Evgeni Nabokov some reps.


The full group coming together at center ice.


Matt Carkner


LISTEN: JACK CAPUANO MORNING SKATE AUDIO 10/22/13

11:10: Matt Donovan, on his opportunity to play more minutes: "Lubo is very offensive and runs that first power play, so I'm going to get my chance to show what I can do offensively. Hopefully I can play well tonight."

11:15: Andrew MacDonald, on everyone on the back end having to step up in Visnovsky's absence: "I think a lot of the responsibility is going to be on us to realize that we're playing those minutes. We have to be smart about when we're joining the rush. I think with Lubo being out, it's going to be by committee. No one is going to eat up those 20 minutes he plays. Everyone has to be prepared to step up and play a little bit more."

11:18: MacDonald, on slowing down the Canucks top line of Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin: "Obviously they read off each other very well and their hockey IQs are good. With those types of players, you have to be quick and physical on them and try to take away their time and space. They've had a lot of success over the years."

11:22: MacDonald, on what he's seen from John Tortorella's Vancouver team in video: "I think it's similar (to the way the Rangers were structured). They key on blocking shots. Their penalty kill looks the same as the Rangers' was. Most coaches, when they go somewhere, they have their own system that they take. I think we have some familiarity with it from playing against the Rangers. Obviously it's different personnel, but the structure and the framework is the same. It should be a good challenge. They have a good team over there."

11:35: John Tortorella just spoke to one of the largest media contingents I've seen around here in a while. Here's the new Canucks coach on what he's seen from his team through 10 games: "I thought we took a step back this last game. I don't think we played poorly, but we didn't play well in the areas we had improved in. We're still looking for some consistency."

11:39: Tortorella, on changing the culture of the team: "We're working on that. You've got to remember, it's a pretty good hockey club. It's been successful. I'd like to see us play with more grind. We've got some talented people. So we're trying to play both (using skill and grind). I think to win consistently in this league, you need that."

12:10: Henrik Sedin, on the new style of play under Coach Tortorella: "I think we're a little more aggressive this year than last. We play more zone defense, instead of man-on-man. It's taken a while to get used to, but I think we're getting better."

12:15: Henrik, on Roberto Luongo: "He's always been a great teammate of ours. We have never seen him as a problem. He and [Cory] Schneider handled it really well. They're both great guys. [Luongo] has won us some games, he's kept us in games. We all knew, even when he was maybe the backup lsat year, that he was a star goalie in this league."

12:22: Luongo, on his own performance this season: "I feel OK. Can I be better? Yeah, no doubt about that. I'm always working on that part. It's a process obviously.."

12:26: Luongo, on John Tavares and Matt Moulson: "You have to keep an eye on both of those guys. We can't give those guys any time and space. We want to make sure we're aggressive on them and take the body."

Check Newyorkislanders.com for live updates from tonight's Islanders-Canucks matchup. Game starts at 7:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

NewYorkIslanders.com is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and NewYorkIslanders.com are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy |  AdChoices |  Terms of Use |  Contact  Us |  Employment |  Webmaster |  NHL.com Terms of Use