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Morning Skate Updates 3/15/14

News, notes and quotes from the Islanders morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 12:09 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/15\/14
News, notes and quotes from the Islanders morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders and Sabres meet tonight for the first time since October. Both rosters have changed dramatically from the early-season meeting, as the Islanders are now carrying nine rookies and the Sabres only have 10 players from opening night. The biggest change for the Sabres comes in goal, as Ryan Miller was dealt to the St. Louis Blues after 11 seasons in Buffalo.

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

Lineup Notes/Changes:

Nilsson Starts: Anders Nilsson gets the start for the Islanders in goal.

Lee: Anders Lee has points in four of his last five games and has nine points (six goals, three assists) in eight games this season.

Okposo: Kyle Okposo leads the Islanders with 67 points this season (26 goals, 41 assists). Okposo overtook the injured John Tavares for the scoring lead with two assists Friday night against San Jose. Okposo is riding a three-game point streak (one goal, five assists).

Shooting Gallery: The Islanders have outshot their opponents in 10 of their last 12 games.

No More Miller: Former Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was in goal for Buffalo’s last five wins against the Islanders. The last Sabres goalie to beat the Islanders – other than Miller – was Patrick Lalime on Columbus Day in 2008.

Nolan Returns: Former-Islanders coach Ted Nolan returns to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since coaching the Islanders in the 2007-08 season.

Drew Stafford: The eighth-year Sabre is now the longest-tenured player in Buffalo. Stafford is on a three-game scoring streak.

Cory Conacher: After being claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators last week, Conacher has recorded two assists. Conacher played his college hockey at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Michal Neuvirth: Record a career-high 51 saves in Thursday's 4-2 defeat in Carolina. He has a .949 SV% in two games with Buffalo.

Tyler Ennis: Tyler Ennis leads the Sabres with 17 goals and is closing in on his second 20-goal campaign of his five-year career. The small [5’9], but speedy forward is tied with Cody Hodgson for the team lead in scoring with 35 points. Ennis is currently riding a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and had a goal against the Islanders earlier this season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 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 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
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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