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Morning Skate Updates: 1/27/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


GAME ON! Tonight's game will be played as scheduled at 7 p.m. The game will be on MSG+. Click here for channel listings.

Okposo to IR: Kyle Okposo was officially placed on injured reserve today, retroactive to Jan. 19. The Islanders second-leading scorer is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with an undisclosed, upper-body injury.

Grabovski to Top Line: Mikhail Grabovski returns from a five-game absence and will start on the top line with John Tavares and Josh Bailey. Grabovski will assume the left wing, while Bailey will shift over to the right side.

Capuano on Grabovski: He’s a puck possession kind of guy. He has some good speed, he’s a guy that plays in the interior, which we like. He’s not a perimeter guy. He’s been out a little while and he’s excited to get back in.

Projected Lines:    
91 John Tavares 12 josh bailey
27 Anders Lee 51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson 86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 15 cal clutterbuck

Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is 2-0 against the Rangers this season – including a 27-save shutout on Jan. 13 – and was the first star in both games. The Islanders goalie pitched the first Islanders shutout at Madison Square Garden since 1975. Halak is 25-9-0 this season with four shutouts.

Boulton to IR: Eric Boulton (lower body) was placed on IR retroactive to Jan. 17.

Visnovsky: Lubomir Visnovsky skated with the team at Monday’s practice, but will not return to the lineup tonight.

Vs. the Rangers: The Islanders are 2-0-0 against the Rangers this season, sweeping the set of games at Madison Square Garden. Tonight is the third-of-five meetings against the Blueshirts this season and first-of-three contests at Nassau Coliseum.

All-Stars: John Tavares, Jaroslav Halak and Rangers forward Rick Nash were all teammates at the All-Star Game in Columbus. Tavares scored a record-tying four goals, Halak made six saves and Nash scored twice.

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