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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."




J. Tavares 82 38 48 5 86
K. Okposo 60 18 33 -8 51
R. Strome 81 17 33 23 50
F. Nielsen 78 14 29 8 43
B. Nelson 82 20 22 6 42
A. Lee 76 25 16 9 41
J. Bailey 70 15 26 3 41
N. Leddy 78 10 27 18 37
J. Boychuk 72 9 26 15 35
T. Hamonic 71 5 28 15 33
J. Halak 38 17 4 .914 2.43
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