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Morning Skate Updates: 1/6/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight in Vancouver. Halak had a seven-game winning streak snapped against the Edmonton Oilers, but the Islanders netminder is 18-3-0 in his last 21 games.

Visnovsky to IR: Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 4.

Grabner Activated: Michael Grabner was activated off injured reserve Tuesday morning. He is slated to start the game on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Grabner said he feels better than when he returned from his hernia surgery in early December.

Grabner: It’s been a while, so it’s nice to get back in. It makes my job a little easier when you come back and get to play with [John and Kyle], but I am going to try and keep it simple and play my game.

Bailey Out: Josh Bailey will sit out tonight as Grabner draws back into the lineup.

Donovan In: Matt Donovan will draw in for the injured Lubomir Visnovsky tonight. Donovan will partner with Thomas Hickey.

Projected Lines:    
40 Michael Grabner
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 Rogers Arena tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 10:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Lack Starts: Eddie Lack will start in goal for the Canucks. Lack was in net for the Islanders 7-4 comeback win on Mar. 10 last season.

Leddy vs. Canucks: Former Blackhawk Nick Leddy is more than familiar with the Vancouver Canucks. The Islanders defenseman has played 11 career regular-season games vs. Vancouver, plus seven games in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

His lasting memory of the Canucks-Blackhawks rivalry was coming back from 0-3 to force a seventh and deciding game at Rogers Arena.

They Said It:

Jack Capuano on Michael Grabner:
We hope to see speed and some deception in his game. He’s been practicing real well. He’s ready to go now and his conditioning is where it needs to be. I expect him to be well rested and ready.

Capuano on Visnovsky:
I just know after the game he wasn't feeling very well. We’ll see how he feels as he moves forward.

Capuano on the lineup changes:
We have a lot of depth. There were going to be lineup changes either way after the Edmonton game. Even though we should have won the hockey game and dominated the third period like we did, it’s unacceptable. We need guys to step up.

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