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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Penguins 12/3/13

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum

Tuesday, 12.3.2013 / 11:28 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Penguins 12\/3\/13
The Islanders wrap up a four-game homestand against one of their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. These teams always play each other tough and the games are filled with plenty of passion and drama. The two previous games this season were decided in the final two minutes of play, so fans should expect another close game.

Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s optional morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Lineup Notes/Changes:
Head coach Jack Capuano is going with the same lineup from Saturday night. Capuano liked what he saw despite the OT loss, as the Islanders led in shots (39-30), hits (30-22) and won 58% of faceoffs.

Brock Nelson, Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek are out. Josh Bailey, Peter Regin and Calvin de Haan are in.

Anders Nilsson makes his second straight start in goal. The Swedish netminder stopped 27-of-30 shots in his first start of 2013-14. 

On Anders:
"He gave us a chance. Any time you have a guy in there that battles and gives you a chance to win the game, that's what you want as a staff. I thought he did that...Anders played well." - head coach Jack Capuano.

"He's so big... He covers a lot of the net and moves well." - Travis Hamonic.

From the Coach - Capuano on Doug Weight's induction to the US Hockey Hall of Fame :
"There are a lot of great coaches in this league, and no disrespect to their playing career, but they didn't have stellar NHL careers as players. Doug, to me, had a great career as a player, but is also a great coach. He's a great communicator with our guys... It's a well-deserved honor."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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