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Morning Skate Updates: 1/9/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. The Islanders netminder is looking to rebound from two straight losses, but has been in fine form this season with a 21-8-0 record, a 2.30 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.

Bailey In, Clutterbuck Day-to-Day: Josh Bailey draws back into the Islanders lineup, as Cal Clutterbuck is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Strait In, Donovan Out: Brian Strait will replace Matt Donovan on the back end tonight.

Projected Lines:    
84 Mikhail Grabovski
91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee 51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson 86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 12 josh bailey

Where and When:
The Islanders are at Prudential Center tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Mikhail Grabovski will start alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Grabovski finished Tuesday’s game in Vancouver on the top line, scoring a third period goal.

Grabovski: I don't want to be overly excited about one goal, but for me, I was relieved because I hadn't scored in a while. Right now I can bring more intensity because I won't be thinking about that.

Vs. the Devils: The Islanders have won four straight against the Devils.

Kinkaid Starts: Keith Kinkaid will start tonight for the Devils. The Long Island native (Farmingville) will make his second start against the Islanders this season. Kinkaid made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss on Dec. 15.

J.P Parise: Former New York Islander J.P. Parise passed away yesterday at the age of 73. On April 11, 1975 Parise scored just 11 seconds into overtime against the New York Rangers to clinch the Islanders' first-ever playoff series win. Parise is the father of Wild star Zach Parise and also coached Kyle Okposo at Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota.

Okposo on Parise: JP was a good man. I first met him when I went to Shattuck. I was 14 and he was a coach of mine. I developed a relationship with him over time, over those years and he was somebody that I turned to when I needed some help, needed some guidance or advice and he’s going to be missed.

If I was struggling in life or was down on myself he always seemed to have the right things to say and could always make me laugh to. He was a good man and he’s going to be missed.

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