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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 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
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10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
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16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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