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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Capitals 11/05/13

Notes from Tuesday's morning skate leading up to the game between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals

Tuesday, 11.5.2013 / 9:39 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Capitals 11\/05\/13
The Islanders were on the ice for an optional skate Tuesday morning at Verizon Center. Here are some notes and pictures from today's skate.



Nabokov makes a save during morning drills.



Matt Martin catches his breath during the morning skate.

Nabby Starts:
Head coach Jack Capuano named Evgeni Nabokov his starter tonight in Washington. Nabokov has a career 12-1-3 record against the Captials with two shutouts, a 2.09 GAA and a .926 SV%.

From the Coach:

"If you look at the history, Nabby's played well here. Kevin (Poulin) played extremely well against Boston and we have two guys that can do the job. Nabby will get his shot tonight and we'll see what happens before we head to Carolina."

McDonald Close:
Colin McDonald skated again today. Capuano said he was getting close and could draw into the lineup Thursday in Raleigh.

Leading Scorer:
Kyle Okposo enters the game as the Isles leading scorer. Okie has five assists in his past two games and 17 points overall.



Okposo talking with MSG about the play of the top line:

"I thought five-on-five we were good. We didn't give up a lot of zone time. We controlled most of the play."

"We've created a lot of offense and guys are burying their chances."

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M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
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R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
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