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Practice Updates 3/3/14

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

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:38 PM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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