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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Hurricanes

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 11:44 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Hurricanes
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders are riding a season-high, three-game win streak heading into tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Isles are coming in hot, fresh off of back-to-back wins over Boston and Chicago, last year’s Stanley Cup finalists.

These two points are crucial for the Islanders, as their Metropolitan-division rivals, as the Hurricanes won the first two games of the season series, 4-3 and 1-0. The Canes are also on a bit of a streak, having won their last two games.

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



Lineup Notes/Changes: If it ain't broke...


Okposo: Kyle Okposo is on an eight-game point streak (6-7-13), matching the longest streak of his career. Okposo has goals in three straight, including two game-winners (Minnesota, Chicago).

Vanek: Thomas Vanek is also producing at a torrid pace, riding a seven-game point streak (4-6-10). The Austrian needs a point tonight to tie his longest streak.

Third Jersey: The Islanders will wear their black jerseys tonight.



Skinner and Staal: The Hurricanes counter Okposo and Vanek with Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal. Skinner scored a hat trick Thursday night and has 15 goals in his last 14 games. Staal has five points in his last two games.

Bailey Out: Josh Bailey was on the ice this morning, but will not dress for tonight’s game. He is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Capuano: Bailey's close. I’m sure he’d like to get in there tonight, but we’ve only had the one practice with him. He’ll continue to work on what he needs to work on and well get him back in there shortly.



Donovan Up: The Islanders recalled defenseman Matt Donovan from loan from Bridgeport Wednesday. Donovan scored three goals and 11 assists in 17 games for the Sound Tigers.



de Haan: Head coach Jack Capuano praised the play of Calvin de Haan at this morning's media scrum. Word travelled to the Isles young defenseman, who appreciated the vote of confidence from his coach.

From the Coach:
For Calvin to do what he did in the offseason to get himself prepared for training camp... it's an indication of how hard he worked. You don’t’ miss that much time and then come back, have a real good training camp with us and - when the call comes - step in and do your job. I give a ton of credit to the coaches in Bridgeport for getting him ready.



de Haan: It’s a vote of confidence and I shouldn’t change anything in my game and it feels great to hear that from Cappy. I’m feeling confident that the coaches are giving me minutes. I’m not getting any points, but I’m playing good defensive hockey. The points will come.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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