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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Rangers

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 12:20 PM / News
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders at Rangers
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders and Rangers renew their rivalry at Madison Square Garden tonight, the Islanders’ first trip to Manhattan in 2013-14. Ahead of tonight’s game, the Isles held their morning skate above Penn Station. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.



Cizikas In: Casey Cizikas returns to the lineup after missing two games with an injured jaw. Cizikas will center the fourth line with Matt Martin and Eric Boulton. Peter Regin comes out of the lineup for Cizikas.

Cizikas: I feel good. I’ve been taking contact and I’ve been good… On the ice, you don’t really notice [the jaw protector]… You never want to miss a game against these guys. These games are fun and something exciting always happens.



Lineup Notes/Changes: Matt Carkner will replace Aaron Ness on the blue line. Capuano said the move was aimed to give the Islanders some more size, plus he liked what he saw from Carkner in the last few days of practice.

The other lines are expected to remain the same. Colin McDonald, Peter Regin and Aaron Ness are healthy scratches tonight.

Nabokov: Evgeni Nabokov makes his third straight start in goal for the Islanders. The 38-year-old looked solid in the Isles last two games, allowing three goals over that span.



Welcome to the Rivalry:
Rookies Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan are playing in their first Isles-Rangers game tonight.



From the Coach: They are working a little harder, a little smarter. Josh had two chances – maybe three – Grabs is getting chances too. Defensively I think they are playing pretty solid, [Nielsen’s] line is going up against… the top line in Tampa. Offensively hopefully it’ll come for them.

It’s always a big game when you play them. The intensity is there. We talked about how we have to engage physically and mentally how we have to be prepared and play structured against this hockey club.




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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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