Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Hurricanes 11/07/13

Updates from the Isles morning skate leading up to tonight's game against the Hurricanes

Thursday, 11.7.2013 / 10:33 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Hurricanes 11\/07\/13
Updates from the Isles morning skate leading up to tonight\'s game against the Hurricanes
The Islanders are back in action tonight as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The action gets under way from PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC at 7 p.m. The Islanders had an optional morning skate at the arena, here's some news and pictures from today's skate.

Ness Recalled: Aaron Ness was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this morning to bolster the Isles injury-riddled blueline. The 23-year-old defenseman has one goal and three asssits for the Sound Tigers this season and two penalty minutes in nine career games with the Islanders. Ness has posted 27 points in each of the last two seasons for Bridgeport.

Poulin Starting: Kevin Poulin will start in goal for the Islanders tonight. The Montreal, Que., native makes his second start in three games for the Islanders, after earning a 3-1 over Boston on Saturday.

Ness/McDonald: Capuano said there is a "good chance" both Ness and Colin McDonald will draw into the lineup tonight, but the coach did not confirm. Ness was recalled from Bridgeport this morning and McDonald has sufficiently recovered from a hip injury for the coach to put him in.

Clutterbuck/Donovan: Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Donovan were both on the ice this morning after sitting out yesterday's practice.

From the Coach: "When guys come up, we don't want to change who they are. (Ness is) a good puck moving guy, he's got mobility, he can get up in the play. He's proved that the last few years with us and I'm not afraid to put him on the ice."

From the Callup: "I know what to expect now, I got a little taste then. I think it's going to be even faster tonight and I understand that. I'll just do whatever I can to help out as much as possible.

Photos:

Jack Capuano briefs the media this morning.


Kevin Poulin taking shots at today's optional skate.


Travis Hamonic holding Andrew MacDonald in place.


Aaron Ness back with the big club


Ness spoke with the media following the skate.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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