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Morning Skate Updates: 10/23/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders
Winning Streak: The Islanders go for their fifth straight win tonight, when they host the Bruins at 7:30. Buy Tickets.

Halak in goal: Jaroslav Halak is in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is 2-0-0 this season and is coming off a 37-save shutout Tuesday night in Columbus.

Capuano: “He’s battled hard for us. His conditioning level, his timing, everything seems to be coming back. All you can ask of your goaltender is to give you a chance. Our goalies have done that, especially Jaro in the last game.”

Same Lineup: The Islanders are sticking with the same lineup from Tuesday’s win. 

PROJECTED LINES:
Anders Lee John TAVARES RYAN STROME
JOSH BAILEY FRANS NIELSEN KYLE OKPOSO
NIKOLAY KULEMIN MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI BROCK NELSON
MATT MARTIN CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK






Capuano: "We’ve got behind, we’ve been resilient, we’ve come back and scored some goals. We need to play better in certain areas, especially against a structured Bruins team. Overall, our guys are starting to get accustomed to each other."

Special Teams: The Islanders stingy penalty kill meets a potent Bruins power play Friday. The Islanders shorthanded unit is 10-for-10 over the past three games, while the Bruins currently lead the league with eight goals and a 38.1 conversion rate with the man advantage. 

Boychuk’s 400th Game: Johnny Boychuk will play his 400th NHL game tonight. It will be his 79th game with the Isles. He's also played 317 with the Bruins and four with the Colorado Avalanche. 

Boychuk: “I didn’t think I’d get [to 400 games]. Being in the minors for so long, you get labeled as a good minor league guy. For the Bruins to trade for me [from Colorado] and give me an opportunity, I’m always grateful for that. At first I didn’t think that I’d get [to 400]. After being in the league for a little while, it’s satisfying.”

David Krejci: David Krejci leads the NHL with 11 points (4G, 7A) this season. He's had at least one point in each of the Bruins' first six games.

Patrice Bergeron: The Islanders centers are going up against one of the NHL’s top faceoff men Friday in Patrice Bergeron. Since 2010-11, no one has won more faceoffs than Bergeron (4603), winning 59.1 percent of his draws. John Tavares is 13th on that list, winning 3331 over that span. The Isles currently rank third in the NHL, having won 53.4% of their draws this season.

Tavares on Bergeron: "He’s very strong, probably one of the strongest guys on his stick in the faceoff in the league. Not only, he’s also a very smart player, he knows who he’s up against, how to approach it. His ability to be that consistent year after year makes player."

Zdeno Chara: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has four assists in four games. 

Hockey Fights Cancer: 
Friday is Hockey Fights Cancer night at Barclays Center. The Islanders are wearing lavender warmup jerseys, which were auctioned off earlier this month to raise money for the Islanders Children’s Foundation. 

Donna Ruston, a three-time cancer survivor, is a family friend of Casey Cizikas. Donna’s husband Jim recently told her story in the Islanders Fight Cancer blog and what the support of Cizikas has meant in her fights against the disease. 

Cizikas: “It’s touching. I’ve known them for a long time and became really good friends with their son Jeff and their whole family. It just goes to show how strong she is, fighting it three times already. It’s more than I could ever imagine doing, how tough that’d be. It’s definitely touching that she feels that way."

"Everybody has someone close to them that is affected by this. It’s great what the NHL is doing and what the Islanders are doing with the whole situation. It’s a special night for everybody.”
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