Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Lightning

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 12:01 PM ET / 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.




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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
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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