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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 / 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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 49 32 14 3 130 111 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 50 28 14 8 145 129 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 50 25 15 10 147 129 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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