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Game Day Updates 10/29/13

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Day Updates 10\/29\/13
Islanders-Rangers Game day updates
The New York Islanders and New York Rangers will play tonight at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles hit the ice at 10:30 for morning skate.

10:45: Some shots from early on.


Andrew MacDonald


John Tavares shoots on Evgeni Nabokov


11:07: Islanders side just wrapped up media availability. Rangers will hit the ice at 11:30. Jack Capuano says Thomas Vanek and Brock Nelson are in, while Colin McDonald and Eric Boulton will be scratched. Nabokov is back in goal.

LISTEN: JACK CAPUANO MORNING SKATE AUDIO 10/29/13

11:11: Thomas Vanek, on what he thinks of playing with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo: "It's going to take time obviously to build chemistry. But watching those two guys over the years - Playing against Johnny and watching him, he's a special player, and I've known Kyle for a while. It's an opportunity that I really look forward to."

11:13: Vanek, on his first Islanders game coming against the Rangers: "It's good. But at the same time, once the puck drops, it doesn't matter who you play. We're out there to get those two points...This is new to me, so it doesn't matter who we're playing. I'm sure I'll be nervous off the bat, but once the game starts, emotions get out of it, and you start playing your game."

11:15: Kyle Okposo, on the departure of Matt Moulson: "It's hard. Obviously Matt and I are close. Any time you see a friend get traded, it's a bit of a shake-up. But that being said, I'm looking forward to playing with Thomas tonight."

11:17: Okposo, on Vanek: "His play around the net is tremendous. He finds ways to score goals. He's a big strong guy. He battles well in the corners. He's always lurking around the net, he's always in a scoring area and he's always ready to score. So I think he'll do well playing with Johnny and myself. We're excited to have him."

11:18: Okposo, on getting up for the Rangers: "It's no problem getting up for this one. Obviously we want to have a bounce-back game after Philly. The energy is going to be good in here tonight. [The Rangers] played last night, so we want to jump on them right away."

12:25: Very light optional skate for the Rangers today. Here's Carl Hagelin,who may make his season debut tonight: "My conditioning is good. I've done a lot of skating. More than I ever have. The conditioning should be there. Once you get into the game, that's when you really know where your conditioning is at."

12:30: Hagelin, on the new coach and system: "I've been trying to pay attention. I've been at a lot of the meetings with the team. For now, it's a matter of going out there and playing my game. The systems aren't too hard. You just have to make sure you're accountable, and that you do the small things right."

12:37: Henrik Lundqvist, who played lsat night but is not scheduled to start tonight, on coach Alain Vigneault's decision to start Cam Talbot: "It's not the first time I'm not playing back-to-backs. It might be a smart decision. We have a lot of games coming up here. I listened to the coach, had a good practice today and I'll get ready for the next one."

Check back later for live updates of the Islanders-Rangers game. Puck drop is just after 7:00 p.m. from Nassau Coliseum.

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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 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
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 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 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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