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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
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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