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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

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 10:33 AM / 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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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