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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 / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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