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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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