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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Coyotes

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 2:58 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Coyotes
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
The Islanders were on the job this morning, taking the ice at Jobing.com Arena ahead of tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s the fifth game of a five-game Western road trip for the Islanders and they’ll look to sweep the season series with the Coyotes. As the Islanders are in Arizona, tonight’s puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. eastern time.

Here are some news, notes and quotes from Thursday’s Skate.



















Calm Before the Strome:
Ryan Strome practiced with the team Wednesday and skated Thursday, but will not draw into the lineup tonight. Coach Capuano wants to give Strome more time to adjust to the team and his new surroundings.

Capuano: We just want to get him acclimated to our meetings. I want to get him involved in our power play, but I’m sure you can expect him pretty soon.



Poulin in Goal: After a 46-save performance on Tuesday, Kevin Poulin is back in net for the Islanders Thursday. 

Nabokov:
Capuano said he hadn’t decided on his backup for tonight, suggesting that Evgeni Nabokov could be on the bench backing up Poulin.

Strait off IR: Brian Strait was activated off the IR and is paired with Aaron Ness tonight while Matt Carkner is a healthy scratch. Capuano said he plans on regulating Strait’s minutes since he hasn’t played in 23 games. 

Martinek on IR:
Radek Martinek (back spasms) was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 29.

All-Time: The Islanders are 32-23-13 against the Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 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 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 32 12 15 -6 27
K. Okposo 32 7 20 -4 27
B. Nelson 32 14 12 6 26
R. Strome 32 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 32 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 32 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 22 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 29 5 7 3 12
N. Kulemin 32 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 31 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 17 6 0 .918 2.30
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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