Practice Updates 3/3/14

News, notes and quotes from the Islanders practice at Islanders Iceworks.

Monday, 03.3.2014 / 2:38 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Practice Updates 3\/3\/14
News, notes and quotes from the Islanders practice at Islanders Iceworks.

The Islanders embarked for Western Canada Monday afternoon, kicking off their last four-game road trip of the season. The Isles start in Winnipeg, before heading to Alberta for a set against Edmonton and Calgary and finish up on the west coast against Vancouver.

This trip marks the final time the Islanders will leave the Eastern Time zone this season.

Ahead of upcoming trip, the Islanders held a practice at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s practice.

Practice Lines:

Thomas VanekRyan StromeKyle Okposo

Michael GrabnerFrans NielsenJosh Bailey

Anders LeeBrock NelsonCal Clutterbuck

Eric Boulton/Matt MartinCasey CizikasColin McDonald

Martin Cleared:

Matt Martin was cleared by head coach Jack Capuano and will play Tuesday against the Jets.



Martin on Return: I feel good, it sucks being the in the press box watching games, but the important thing is to get as healthy as I can here and I’m definitely excited to get back in the lineup.

Trade Speculation: Ahead of Wednesday’s trade deadline, there has been a lot of speculation that Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald could be on the move. Today the Islanders addressed questions from the media on the subject.

Martin on MacDonald, Vanek: I’ve played with A Mac for almost five years, going back to Bridgeport. In a lot of ways you grow up with someone like that and it’ll be tough to see him go – if he does go – but at the same time it’s a business. There have been friends of mine who have gone in the past and it never gets easier, but you stay in touch with them.

Vanek has been here a short time, but he’s become close with a lot of guys. It’s the nature of the beast, it’s unfortunate, but it’s not something we can focus on, we have to focus on playing hockey.

MacDonald, Capuano Speak: Andrew MacDonald and Jack Capuano had an extended talk on the ice at practice. The coach didn’t share specifics, but offered his thoughts on MacDonald’s current trade speculation.

Capuano: It would be tough. He’s a guy that I grew up with for a long time. If it happens, it’s a pretty emotional situation, especially when you’re with a guy for that long, but at the same time, it’s a business and guys move on. I’m real proud of the way he’s come along.

Road Record: The Islanders are 10-3-0 in their last 13 road games.





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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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