Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Devils

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 11:28 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Devils
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders kick off their post-Christmas schedule against their Metropolitan division rivals from Newark. The Devils are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in New Jersey and both teams are 2-1-2 in their last five. The Islanders beat the Devils 4-3 in their season opener at Prudential Center on Oct. 4 and are coming off a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

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



Tavares Out: Captain John Tavares will miss tonight’s game with a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day. Brock Nelson will center the top line with Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo.

Capuano: I’m concerned obviously. You know what Johnny is to our hockey club. He’s not only a leader, but his play speaks for itself. He’s not ready to go and we’re not going to put him in a situation where he could further hurt himself. It’s a day-to-day situation right now. We’ll be cautious with it and hopefully he’ll feel better tomorrow.

Nelson: I have to come ready to play. It’s the same game, I can’t over think it. I just have to go out there and play.

Streak Ended: Tavares’ absence ends his 246-game ironman streak, the fifth-longest in Islanders history. The 23-year-old played the equivalent of three 82-game seasons without missing a game and has only missed three others in his Islanders career. Frans Nielsen (168 games) is the Islanders new reigning ironman.

Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Islander History: 
1. Billy Harris 576 
2. Bob Nystrom 301
3. Matt Moulson 284
4. Denis Potvin 262
5. John Tavares 246



Lineup Notes/Changes: Brock Nelson will center the top line and Peter Regin will take his place at wing on the third line. Matt Carkner is in for Aaron Ness. John Tavares and Eric Boulton are out for the Islanders.

Nabokov in goal: Evgeni Nabokov will make his sixth straight start for the Islanders tonight. Nabokov is coming off his first shutout of the season against the Detroit Red Wings and is 2-1-2 in his last five games.



Streaking: Kyle Okposo (two goals, two assists) Frans Nielsen (two goals, two assists) and Thomas Vanek (three goals, one assist) are all riding four-game point streaks. Michael Grabner has three goals and an assist over the last four games while Josh Bailey has assists in three straight.

From the Coach: [Kyle Okposo] is playing physical, he’s grinding it out, playing good down low, protecting the puck and he’s shooting pucks. It’s about confidence and he’s got that right now. He’s playing poised, he’s playing relaxed and when you do that you play confident and play your best hockey. He’s utilizing his size and playing real well.





SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 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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