Practice Updates: 12/30/13

Updates from the Isles practice at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena.

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 12:38 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Practice Updates: 12\/30\/13
Updates from the Isles practice at the University of Minnesota\'s Ridder Arena.
Following last night’s 5-4 victory at the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, the Islanders went to the other half of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, to practice at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena.



Ridder Arena is home to the four-time National Champion Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s ice hockey team. The rink is NHL regulation size, while the adjacent Mariucci Arena, home to the University of Minnesota men’s ice hockey team, is an Olympic-sized sheet.

Mariucci was the home rink in college for three current Islanders: Thomas Vanek (02-04), Kyle Okposo (06-07) and Aaron Ness (08-11).



Vanek in particular made a lasting impact at ‘The U,’ being named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2003 Frozen Four en route to a National Championship.

Although the Gophers didn’t win a title while Okposo was enrolled, he finished his freshman season second on the team in scoring with 40 points (19g/21a) in 40 games and was named Gophers Rookie of the Year.

Lineup Notes:
Grabner Skates: Michael Grabner was on the ice for practice after missing last night's game with an illness, but is still considered day-today.



Bailey: Josh Bailey briefly skated, but left practice early. He is still considered day-to-day.

They Said It: It was a good career. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people and a lot of great coaches. The atmosphere here is obviously amazing, so it was fun to get back and see where everything took off. - Aaron Ness on practicing at his alma mater.

SCHEDULE

HOME
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 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
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 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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