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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Lightning

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 12:01 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Lightning
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first of three meetings this season. The Isles swept the season series with the Bolts in 2012-13, including both games at Nassau Coliseum. After finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, the Lightning have rebounded this season and are currently fourth in the East.

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



Home Ice: The Lightning are dynamite at home (12-3-1), but are under .500 (7-8-2) on the road. The Islanders need to take advantage of home ice, as their next two meetings come under stormy skies in Tampa.



Lineup Notes/Changes: Head coach Jack Capuano is going with the same lineup from Saturday’s game against Montreal. Colin McDonald, Matt Carkner and Casey Cizikas are out for the Islanders.

Nabby Starts: After a stellar performance on Saturday, Evgeni Nabokov gets the start Tuesday for the Islanders.



From the Coach: It’s always a defensive-first mentality, but it’s also about battle levels and I thought we did a better job last game against a quick team. We maintained D-side positioning, we did a lot of good things on the defensive side. We just need to create a little bit more.

All-Time: The Islanders are 40-35-7 all-time against the Lightning.

Media Availability:

Andrew MacDonald speaks to MSG following the morning skate.


Ryan Strome takes questions ahead of his second NHL game.




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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