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

Updates from the Isles morning skate in Columbus

Saturday, 11.9.2013 / 11:01 AM ET / 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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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 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
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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