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Practice Updates - Islanders at Kings 12/6/13

Updates from the Isles practice at Toyota Sports Center in Los Angeles.

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 7:30 PM / News
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Practice Updates - Islanders at Kings 12\/6\/13
Updates from the Isles practice at Toyota Sports Center in Los Angeles.
The Islanders are in Los Angeles for the first time since Nov. 13, 2010, a span of 1,120 days. Long Island fans will have to stay up late to catch the game, as the time difference pushes puck drop back to 10:30 p.m. eastern time. The Islanders were defeated at home against LA three and a half weeks ago and look to return the favor in front of the star-studded crowd at Staples Center.



















Ahead of tomorrow’s game, the Islanders practiced at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo – just four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here are some news, notes and quotes from Friday’s practice.

Streaking: Andrew MacDonald (1g/2a) and Kyle Okposo (2g/2a) are riding three-game point streaks. MacDonald has two goals in his last two games against Western conference teams and half of his 16 career goals have come against the West.



















Faceoffs: The Islanders increased focus on faceoffs has yielded results, as the team has won the battle in the face-off circle for three straight games. They put their streak to the test against the league’s top face-off team, the Kings, Saturday night.

Special Teams: The Islanders went 1-for-3 with the man advantage against St. Louis, improving to 16.5 on the season. After playing two of the league’s best power-play units, the Islanders get some relief, as the Kings power play ranks 22nd in the league.



















The Islanders coaching staff spent a lot of extra time on-ice with the penalty kill units before conducting PK drills. After a long chalk talk, the coaches moved the puck around the perimeter of the offensive zone and reinforced PK positioning.



















Islanders forwards went “shirts vs. skins,” a.k.a. penalty kill vs. power play, to finish out the special-teams-heavy practice at full pace.

All-Time: The Islanders are 43-42-13 all time against the Kings.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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