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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 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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