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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Canadiens

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 12:24 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Canadiens
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
   
The Islanders are back in New York their next four games, kicking off the local stretch tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Ryan Strome is set to make his NHL debut, as he looks to help the Isles avenge a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Canadiens on Nov. 10 in Montreal. Canada will be watching as tonight’s game is broadcast on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, coast-to-coast in the Great White North.

Ahead of tonight’s contest, the Islanders took the ice at the Coliseum for their morning skate. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.



When In Strome: Ryan Strome, the Islanders fifth-overall pick in 2011, makes his NHL debut tonight. Strome was called up by the team on Wednesday after leading the American Hockey League in scoring, as a rookie, with 33 points (9g/24a) in 23 games. The Mississauga, Ont., native said he’s been dreaming about this day for a long time and his mom, dad and one of his brothers are in attendance tonight to commemorate the occasion. Head Coach Jack Capuano said Strome will play center and get some power play time. 

Strome: "I feel like the carrot’s been dangling in front of me for a little while now, especially this last week. I’m eager to get out here and get to puck drop."



Lineup Notes/Changes: Jack Capuano did not reveal his line combinations for tonight’s game. Casey Cizikas (jaw) is out of the lineup.

Nabby Returns: Evgeni Nabokov makes his first start since Nov. 16, when he injured his groin against the Detroit Red Wings. Nabby is 5-5-3 this season.




From the Coach:
[Strome’s] earned this opportunities, he’s here to help us win. He’s going to make some mistakes, but it’s [about] the shift after. We want him to go out and not change too much about his game. We’ll continue to teach our young guys how to play away from the puck, and how they need to play, but he’s got some great offensive instincts.


Calvin de Haan looks on during the Islanders morning skate.


Andrew MacDonald and Evgeni Nabokov prepare for a drill.


John Tavares talks with former Islander Garry Galley of Hockey Night in Canada after the morning skate.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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