Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Stars

Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 10:26 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Stars
Updates from the Isles morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders play the Stars for the first time since the 2011-12 season, where the teams split their season series 1-1-0. It’s been over two years since the Isles and Stars hooked up and Dallas sports a new look, both on their jerseys and their roster.

The biggest change comes up front, as the Stars traded Loui Eriksson for Tyler Seguin in the offseason, as part of a seven-player deal. Seguin, the number two pick in the 2010 draft, is thriving in Texas, as he’s scoring over a point-per-game and is on pace for a career year. Ray Whitney and Shawn Horcoff were also added to this roster, as GM Jim Nill is putting his stamp on the team.

As a result, the Stars are 20-14-7 (47 points), but in an ultra-competitive Western conference, they are on the outside looking in. As crucial as this game is for the Islanders are to get back into the playoff picture, it’s equally as important for the Stars.

Ahead of tonight’s game, the Islanders took morning skate at Nassau Coliseum. Here are some news, notes and quotes from this morning’s skate.



Lineup Notes/Changes: Josh Bailey and Matt Donovan are both in the lineup tonight for the Islanders. Kyle Okposo is a game-time decision due to the impending birth of his first child. Evgeni Nabokov will start in goal for the Islanders.

Bailey: Josh Bailey makes his return to the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury.

Capuano (on Bailey): I need to see the work ethic, the grit and determination in his game. I need to see a guy that’ll get more pucks to the net. He’s a minute-cruncher for us. We expect all our guys to play well defensively away from the puck, but he has to be a guy who gets pucks to the net, no question.



Nabokov: Evgeni Nabokov gets the start tonight, with Capuano hinting at a Poulin start in Toronto. Nabokov is 4-3-2 with a 2.21 GAA since returning from injury on Dec. 10.



Vanek: Thomas Vanek is riding a career-best eight-game point streak. Vanek has five goals and seven assists on his current streak. The eight games match a career best set last night.

MacDonald: Andrew MacDonald has six assists on a four-game point streak.

Tavares: John Tavares has four goals and three assists on a four-game point streak.






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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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