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Morning Skate Updates 3/10/14

News, notes and quotes from the Islanders morning skate at Rogers Arena.

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 4:00 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/10\/14
The Islanders had two days to rest, recover and practice in picturesque Vancouver ahead of tonight’s game against the Canucks. The team arrived in Vancouver after their game in Calgary on Friday night and took one day off before practicing Sunday at Rogers Arena.

The Islanders took one-of-four points on the Alberta swing of their road trip, but have a chance to finish off their trip above .500 with a win tonight in Vancouver.

The Canucks enter the game with a win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, but are still 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. The Canucks are looking to reserve their fortunes and get back in the Western Conference playoff picture, as they currently sit in 10th place, four points back of the Dallas Stars.

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



Lineup Notes/Changes:


Late Start:
Tonight's game starts at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (7 p.m. Pacific Time). This is the Islanders last game outside of the Eastern Time Zone this season.



Nabokov Starts: Evgeni Nabokov will start tonight for the Islanders.

Bailey’s 100th: Josh Bailey recorded 100th career assist on Friday night. Bailey needs one more assist to establish a new single-season career-high.

McDonald Streaking: Colin McDonald is riding a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).

Okposo: Kyle Okposo is two goals shy of 100 career goals. Okposo leads the Islanders with 26 goals this season and is 12th in league scoring with 62 points (26 goals, 36 assists).



Sedin/Kassian Out: Daniel Sedin will miss tonight's game with a lower-body injury while Zack Kassian is serving a three-game suspension.

Lack Starts: Eddie Lack will start for the Canucks tonight.

Deadline Deals: The Canucks traded goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. The Canucks also shipped Raphael Diaz to the New York Rangers.

Kesler Stays: The deal the Canucks didn’t make was just as noteworthy, as US Olympian Ryan Kesler, who was speculated to be on the move, was not traded before Wednesday’s deadline.

Matthias: Newly-acquired Canuck Shawn Matthias has one assist in two games with his new club.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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