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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Blue Jackets 11/09/13

Updates from the Isles morning skate in Columbus

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 11:01 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Blue Jackets 11\/09\/13
Updates from the Isles morning skate in Columbus
The Islanders kick off the back side of their four-game road trip tonight in Columbus. Here are some notes and pictures from today's morning skate leading up to tonight's game against the division-rival Blue Jackets. 

200th: Defenseman Travis Hamonic is expected to play his 200th game tonight. The 23-year-old has 11 goals and 55 assists in 199 games as an Islander. 

Between the Pipes: Evgeni Nabokov will start tonight in goal for the Islanders. The Russian goaltender made 27 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Oct. 5. 

Added Grit: Matt Carkner and Eric Boulton draw in for the Islanders tonight in Columbus. Carkner is in for Radek Martinek, while Boulton is in for Brock Nelson. Boulton is expected to play on a line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.

Ness-essary: Aaron Ness will dress again for the Isles tonight. Ness had two hits and two blocked shots in his season debut Thursday and is expected to be paired again with Thomas Hickey. 

Back-to-Back: The Isles kick off a set of back-to-back games tonight in Columbus and head to Montreal for a date with the Canadiens tomorrow. 

From the Coach: "It's funny how it goes. There's game you should win that you don't and vice versa. You just have to stick with it, that's the key; stay on the path and play to your identity."

Photos: 

The Islanders on the ice for their morning skate at Nationwide Arena.


Travis Hamonic takes a shot on Kevin Poulin.


Evgeni Nabokov, tonight's starting goaltender, watches
a play develop.


Michael Grabner looks on during the morning skate.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 7 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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