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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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