Practice Updates 1/19/14

The Islanders hit the practice rink on their first day back on Long Island.

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 2:09 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Practice Updates 1\/19\/14
The Islanders hit the practice rink on their first day back on Long Island.

The Isles are back home, as the team held a Sunday practice ahead of a back-to-back set on Monday and Tuesday.

The Islanders host the Flyers tomorrow in the back half of a home-and-home series. After six straight on the road, the Islanders play out the rest of January in New York and on Long Island.

Back in the friendly confines of Islanders Iceworks, here are some news, notes and quotes from Islanders practice.


Lubomir Visnovsky was all smiles in his first practice with the Islanders since suffering a concussion in October.

Visnovsky Practices: Lubomir Visnovsky’s return to practice was the news of the day, as the veteran defenseman skated with the team for the first time since suffering a concussion on Oct. 19. Visnovsky wore a yellow, no-contact jersey and head coach Jack Capuano did not give a timetable for his return.


Lubomir Visnovsky speaks with IslesTV after practice. 

Visnovsky on First Practice: I feel like a hockey player right now because when I wake up, my legs are sore, not just my head. My body feels like it did before and it’s a great feeling. I am happy to skate with the guys.


Head coach Jack Capuano briefs the media at Islanders Iceworks on Sunday afternoon. 

Capuano on Visnovsky: It was a good day for a lot of reasons. Obviously having Lubo back out there is a breath of fresh air for him. It’s been a long road for him and he’s worked extremely hard to get back out there. We’ll continue to skate him and see how his progress goes.

It’s one of those situations where it’s going to be a little bit. We’ll just continue to skate him.

Vanek's Birthday:

New Pants: The Islanders practiced in their Stadium Series pants on Sunday, breaking them in for the big game on Jan. 29 at Yankee Stadium.

Matinee Action: Tomorrow's rematch with the Flyers goes at 1:00 p.m.

Practice Pictures:


Calvin de Haan and Kevin Poulin talk after a drill at practice.


John Tavares works on his shooting after practice.


Colin McDonald wears his Stadium Series pants at Islanders practice.


The Islanders defense works on point shots during Sunday's practice.


The Islanders prepare for a drill at Sunday's practice.


John Tavares and Kyle Okposo work on their shooting after practice.

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  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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