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12/7 at LAK Morning Skate Updates

Lineup notes and other news from the morning skate in Los Angeles

Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 4:28 PM / News
By Greg Picker
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12\/7 at LAK Morning Skate Updates
Lineup notes and other news from the morning skate in Los Angeles
The Islanders visit the Los Angeles Kings tonight in the second game of a five-game road trip. Unlike a normal game day, the Isles held morning skate at the Kings’ practice facility rather than at Staples Center. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.

Lineup Notes/Changes:
Kevin Poulin gets the start in goal for the first time in four games. Brock Nelson also returns to the lineup after missing the last three games. Eric Boulton, Radek Martinek and Peter Regin are scratched.

Capuano did not have lines set at today's morning skate.

Capuano: “We’ve given some guys an opportunity and right now it’s not working. We’re still trying different lineup combinations and d-pairings to try and make a few tweaks and get guys on the scoreboard.”


Hickey Returns to LA:
Although he never suited up in a Kings uniform, Thomas Hickey spent five years within the organization that selected him fifth overall in 2007. Tonight he'll play his first game in Los Angeles.

Hickey: "I know the area pretty well and it felt pretty cool to come back. It's always nice seeing the people that you worked with for five years. It'll be fun to play against them tonight."



Kevin Poulin is set to make his 14th start in goal.


Brock Nelson works on his faceoffs with Bob Corkum of the player development staff. Corkum spent 11 seasons in the NHL as a center.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

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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