Morning Skate Updates 4/8/14

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

Tuesday, 04.8.2014 / 12:02 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Morning Skate Updates 4\/8\/14
News, notes and quotes from the Islanders morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders play their home finale tonight against the Ottawa Senators. The Senators are seven points out of a playoff spot with four games to go and need to run the table to have a chance at making the postseason. If the Islanders win, it’s au revoir Ottawa.

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

Lineup Notes/Changes:

Nilsson in Goal: Anders Nilsson gets back-to-back starts for the first time since getting two straight starts on March 15 and 18. Since then, head coach Jack Capuano has alternated starts between Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov.

Home Finale: The Islanders play their final home game of the season tonight. The Islanders are 2-0-2 in their last four home finales.

Martin: It wasn’t the season we thought we were going to have, but the fans have pretty well been here all year. Even down the stretch, we’ve had some pretty good crowds at home. With all the injuries and guys out of the lineup, the fans show us how much they care and how much they support us. We’re thankful to still have them watching us.

Gallant Recalled: Brett Gallant earned his first NHL call up on Monday. Gallant, 25, leads the Sound Tigers with 245 penalty minutes, the fourth highest total in the AHL. The Summerside, PEI, native also has two points (one goal, one assist) in 56 games this season.

Gallant: I keep it simple, I play tough. I stick up for my teammates. I have to get the puck in and out at both blue lines and play hard.

Mayfield’s Home Debut: Scott Mayfield is expected to make his Coliseum debut tonight, two days after his NHL debut in Columbus.

Rookies: The Islanders are dressing 10 rookies for tonight’s game: Kevin Czuczman, Matt Donovan, Brett Gallant, Mike Halmo, Anders Lee, Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson, Anders Nilsson, John Persson and Ryan Strome.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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