12/7 at LAK Morning Skate Updates

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

Saturday, 12.7.2013 / 4:28 PM ET / 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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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