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Morning Skate Updates: 10/23/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson gets the nod in goal tonight for the Islanders against his former team. The Islanders backup posted a 17-4-3 record last season with the Bruins and is 1-0-0 this year. Johnson relieved Jaroslav Halak in the third period Tuesday night, stopping all five shots he faced.

Hamonic Out: Travis Hamonic will not dress tonight for the Islanders. Head Coach Jack Capuano listed his status as day-to-day, upper body.

Visnovsky In: Lubomir Visnovsky will make his season debut for the Islanders tonight on a pairing with Thomas Hickey. Visnovsky was sidelined with a back injury he suffered in practice on Sept. 29 and was activated off IR this afternoon.

Boychuk Returns: Johnny Boychuk returns to TD Garden for the first time since being traded from the Boston Bruins on Oct. 4. Capuano had some fun with the media, initially joking that he scratched Boychuk on the night of his big return.

Boychuk: “It’s going to be a bit weird, you’re used to practicing against them and being around them all the time and now you’re playing against them. It’s just different even sitting on the bench and being on the other side. It’s different."

Projected Defense Pairings:

2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey 11 lubomir visnovsky
44 calvin de haan 37 brian strait

Where and When: Tonight's game is on MSG Plus at 7 p.m with Visa Islanders Gamenight starting at 6:30 p.m.

Lee Recalled:
The Islanders recalled Anders Lee yesterday afternoon and he will be in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Bruins.

Capuano on Lee: We want the hockey he played during training camp. I thought he was good and it was a tough decision to send him back to Bridgeport. He's a big body he goes to the net and does a lot of good things for us.


McDonald Waived:
Colin McDonald was placed on waivers Wednesday afternoon.

Projected Lines:
89 Cory Conacher 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
86 Nikolay Kulemin 51 Frans Nielsen 12 Josh Bailey
27 Anders Lee 29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Capping Hubs: The Islanders are 3-1-0 in their last four trips to Boston and are also 3-1-0 in their last four games overall against the Bruins.

They Said It:
Chad Johnson on returning to Boston on good terms:
“It’s a different feeling coming back when there is no animosity on both sides. It’s just like, ‘okay, this is the way it is. It’s a process.’ It’s always nice leaving on a good note because you always want to leave a good mark wherever you are, a positive mark in the locker room, in the community or with the fans.”

Chad Johnson on facing his old team:
“If you start worrying about what guys’ tendencies are in practice that I’m used to, then I can get caught in bad situations, so I want to focus as much as possible as treating like a regular game even though it’s not.”

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien on facing the Islanders:
"Their young players are really coming around becoming good players in this league that are well respected. We’re not necessarily talking about Tavares, he’s been a good player in this league for a quite a while. We’re talking about the younger players they’ve been grooming for a long time. They are really coming around. That team has earned a lot of respect around the league for speed and skill level and we’re one of those teams that have noticed it."

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