Morning Skate Updates 2/4/14

Updates from the Islanders morning skate at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, 02.4.2014 / 11:38 AM ET / News
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Morning Skate Updates 2\/4\/14
Updates from the Islanders morning skate at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
After playing seven straight games in New York, the Islanders are in Washington, D.C. tonight for a game against the Capitals. The Islanders are looking to get on track before the Olympic break and put an end to their five-game winless streak (0-4-1). To do so, they’ll have to pick up their first win of the season over their Metropolitan Division rivals.

The Capitals are coming off of a 6-5 OT win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday, but struggled through the ides of January. The Caps were winless in seven straight (0-5-2) from Jan. 15 through Jan. 24, but have since won three-of-five. Both teams are 3-6-1 in their last 10 and both need two points against a divisional opponent.

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


The Islanders held an optional morning skate today at Verizon Center.

Lineup Notes/Changes:


Nabokov Starts: The Islanders turn to Evgeni Nabokov tonight in net. The veteran netminder has made 66 saves on 71 shots (.929 SV%) since returning from a lower-body injury on Jan. 27.

Boulton In: Eric Boulton draws into the Islanders lineup for the first time since Jan. 20, a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.


Evgeni Nabokov gets set during the Islanders morning skate. 

Vs. the Caps: John Tavares and Kyle Okposo lead the Islanders with three points (1g/2a) in two games against the Capitals this season.

Hamonic Travels:
Travis Hamonic was on the ice for Islanders morning skate, but Capuano said yesterday it was “very doubtful” he would play. Hamonic is currently progressing through the team's injury protocol.

Special Teams: The Capitals have the league’s second best power play at home, and are converting 26% of their chances at Verizon Center. The best way to neutralize the Caps man advantage is to stay out of the box.


Casey Cizikas skated the past three days without the protective mouthguard on his helmet.

Capuano on the Islanders power play: We’ve done a real good job with our entries and getting in the zone, but once you get in the zone… we’re trying to make too many seam passes and trying to be too cute…We have to get pucks to the net and simplify it and that’s what good teams do. They find that two-on-one, they find a seam, they don’t pass up a shot and they converge on the net.


Lubomir Visnovsky talks with the media following the Islanders morning skate.

Ovechkin: Alex Ovechkin is heating up for the Caps, with nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last five games. The Capitals captain had eight goals in January and leads the league with 39 tallies this season. Ovechkin has three goals – including an overtime winner – and one assist in two games against the Isles this season.

Neuvirth: Michal Neuvirth will start in goal tonight for the Capitals, his first start against the Islanders this season. Neuvirth is 4-5-2 with a 2.97 GAA and a .910 SV% this season. Braden Holtby started in the previous two games against the Isles this season.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
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
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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