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Morning Skate Updates: 1/4/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will play his 300th career game tonight. Halak has won seven straight starts and is 18-2-0 in his last 20 games. The Islanders netminder is 21-6-0 this season with a 2.21 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Halak has a 165-91-29 record entering his 300th game.

Capuano on Halak: 
He’s played extremely well. We’ve monitored his rest and how he goes about his daily routine, but we feel confident in him right now. He feels confident in himself right now. For me if he’s healthy, rested and ready to go, we’ll continue to play him.

Lineup: The Islanders are sticking with the same lineup that has won three straight games.

Projected Lines:    
12 Josh Bailey 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee 51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
84 Mikhail grabovski 29 Brock Nelson 86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Where and When:
The Islanders are at Rexall Place tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 9:30 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Johnny Edmonton: Edmonton native Johnny Boychuk returns home to face the Oilers tonight.

Boychuk and Ference: Johnny Boychuk and Oilers captain Andrew Ference were defense partners with the Boston Bruins, helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2011. They’ve both seen their roles expand since leaving the Bruins organization.

Ference on Boychuk:
Obviously he’s a real big, strong guy. But he has fun with the game. He comes every day with a really good attitude to get better. To enjoy what he’s doing and it’s infectious. He brings a very positive attitude to the room and has a very positive effect on the game because he plays it hard. He does it the right way all the time.

Boychuk on Ference:
There are similarities, but we are different players. He’s a tough player. He’s sound defensively and sticks up for teammates when called upon.

When he came here, I could see him being a captain. He was an assistant captain in Boston. He had that leadership in him. I wasn’t surprised when he got [the Captaincy]. 

Flyin’ Ryan: Ryan Strome is riding a three-game point streak (one goal, six assists).

Calvin de Haan: Calvin de Haan is riding a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists).

Killin' It: The Islanders PK has killed 19 of 20 attempts over the last seven games.

Kids and the Hall: The Oilers are led by three young stars in Taylor Hall (23-years-old), Ryan-Nugent Hopkins (21) and Jordan Eberle (24). Nugent-Hopkins leads the team in goals (11) and points (24), while Hall and Eberle are second and third in team scoring.

Scrivens Starts: Ben Scrivens will start tonight for the Oilers. Scrivens is 1-0-2 in his last three starts.

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