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Morning Skate Updates: 10/16/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight. Halak is 2-0 this season and is coming off a 40-save, First Star performance against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. This is Halak’s first regular season game at Nassau Coliseum. Halak is 4-4 against the Sharks with a 2.74 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.

Head Coach Jack Capuano said his forwards will stay intact tonight vs. the Sharks, but he could make a change on the back end.

UPDATE: Griffin Reinhart was loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Calvin de Haan was activated off injured reserve.

Projected Lines:

89 Cory Conacher 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
84 Mikhail Grabovski 29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
12 Josh Bailey 51 Frans Nielsen 86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Where and When:
Tonight's game is on MSG Plus at 7 p.m with Visa Islanders Gamenight starting at 6:30 p.m. Check local channel listings here. Buy tickets here.

Visnovsky Progressing: Lubomir Visnovsky’s progression is going “really well” according to Head Coach Jack Capuano. Visnovsky is expected to travel with the team to Pittsburgh this weekend for an extra day of skating and the Islanders are hoping to have the veteran defenseman participate in a full practice on Monday.

Third Jerseys:
The Islanders are wearing their third jerseys (Stadium Series edition) tonight vs. the Sharks.

Point-Per-Gamers: Four Islanders have at least one point in every game this season: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk and Kyle Okposo.
Tavares is the only Islander to register multi-point games in all three contests; he's the second player in Islandesr history to start a season with three multi-point games (Mike Bossy had seven straight multi-point games to start the 1984-85 season).

They Said It:
Cory Conacher on being welcomed into a close-knit locker room: It's a young team and I fit in well with this team. The guys like to hang out with each other off the ice and we do a lot of stuff like that off the ice. It's a pretty close team. I think it's just the way this team likes to be. We like to be with each other around the rink and away from the rink. It definitely builds chemistry when we're playing.

John Tavares on Conacher:
He’s fit right in. He works extremely hard and he’s very quick. A lot of things people haven’t seen is that a lot of goals have resulted from him getting in on the forecheck and using his body. He’s not a big guy, but he’s getting in front of the net, screening goalies and wreaking havoc for the other team, it goes a long way.

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