Morning Skate Updates 3/4/14

News, notes and quotes from the Islanders morning skate at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, 03.4.2014 / 2:27 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/4\/14
News, notes and quotes from the Islanders morning skate at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

The Islanders kick off a four-game road trip through Western Canada tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.

Tonight marks the beginning of the end of the Islanders Western visits, as after this road trip, the team will not leave the Eastern Time zone for the rest of the season.

The Islanders are looking to get back on track against a flying Jets team, who are 10-3-0 in their last 13 games and are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Ahead of tonight’s game, the Islanders held a morning skate at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.


The Islanders take the ice for morning skate at the MTS Centre.

Lineup Notes/Changes:

Noise? What Noise? The Islanders have won three-of-four games at the raucous MTS Centre in Winnipeg and have taken seven-of-eight possible points.

Nilsson Starts: Anders Nilsson makes his second straight start in goal for the Islanders.


Anders Nilsson will start tonight for the Islanders.

Martin Returns: Matt Martin returns after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

Hamonic Comes Home: St. Malo, MB native Travis Hamonic returns to his home province for tonight’s game.

Hamonic: "I'm a western boy, I'm a farm kid and I like coming out this way. Everyone's complaining about the cold, but I love it."


Travis Hamonic speaks to the media at the Islanders morning skate.

It is currently 0 degrees in Winnipeg with a windchill of -12. Party on, Travis.

Bailey: Josh Bailey saw his four-game piont and assist streak (0g/4a) come to an end Sunday. He's sitting on 99 career NHL assists.

Photos:

Brock Nelson eyes the puck during a drill at the Islanders morning skate.


Ryan Strome skates during a drill at the Islanders morning skate.


Jack Capuano addresses the media at the morning skate.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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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