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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Predators 11/12/13

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 11:38 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Predators 11\/12\/13
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum

The Islanders returned home to Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday morning and host the Nashville Predators tonight at 7:00 p.m. Here are some news, notes, pictures and quotes from today's skate.


Back Home: The Islanders stretch at center ice in Nassau Coliseum.


Kevin Poulin waits for shots during the morning skate.

Poulin Plays:
Head coach Jack Capuano named Kevin Poulin his starter tonight. Poulin starts consecutive games for the first time this season.

Lineup: Capuano did not reveal his lineup changes - if any - for tonight's game. Follow @NYIslanders for the latest lineup updates before tonight's game.

Blockin' Shots: Andrew MacDonald leads the league with 67 blocked shots this season entering tonight's game.

"At the end of the day it's you standing between the puck and the possibility of a goal," MacDonald said. "There's a lot of desperation plays that are made and you really don't have time to think. It's just instinct to block the net."

From the Coach: "I think he's (Kevin Poulin) played well. We haven't given him a couple of starts back-to-back here and he's deserving of it."

"We were a top-10 (penalty kill) team at the start of the year and whatever happened, it's in the past and we have to move forward and get back to basics."


Islanders running their morning drills.


Andrew MacDonald and Aaron Ness look on during the
morning skate.


Colin McDonald talks to the local media after the skate.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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