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Morning Skate Updates: 10/25/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson gets his second straight start after defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 Thursday night. Head Coach Jack Capuano said number 30 earned another start with a 30-save performance against his former team.

Grabovski: Mikhail Grabovski participated in the team’s optional morning skate and his status will be determined later today. Capuano said if “all goes well… he’ll be in the lineup tonight.”

Capuano also said that if Grabovski does play, he’ll be on a line with Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin, reuniting the former Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mikhail Grabovski was taken off injured reserve.

Projected Lines:
89 Cory Conacher 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
84 Mikhail grabovski 51 Frans Nielsen 86 Nikolay Kulemin
27 Anders Lee 29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
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. Click here for channel listings. Buy tickets here.

Third Jerseys: The Islanders are wearing their third jerseys tonight against the Stars. The Islanders are 1-0 in their alternates this season.

Hockey Fights Cancer Night: The Islanders are holding Hockey Fights Cancer night at Nassau Coliseum. The players will use lavender stick tape to raise awareness in hockey's greatest fight. Fans are encouraged to also wear lavender and to donate to help find a cure.

Bailey Out:
Josh Bailey will be sidelined for the next couple of weeks, according to Capuano. Bailey is scheduled to see another doctor regarding his broken hand and Capuano hopes to have an update on Monday.

Josh Bailey was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 23.


Hamonic Out: Travis Hamonic is still considered day-to-day and will not play tonight. Capuano said he’s sending out the same defense from Thursday’s win.

Capuano: I think the guys that we have now and the chemistry we have now is tough to break up.

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

They Said It:
Head Coach Jack Capuano on Dallas:
"They are a high-powered team and with 33 and 6 on the back end, it’s like having five forwards on the ice and you’ll have to have an awareness (of them). They have a veteran lineup, a team that is going to be a really good test for our team tonight and how we’ll respond."

Chad Johnson on starting two games in a row:
"You can get on a good rhythm and a good routine the more you play. The more you play, the more confident you’re going to be. The comfort and confidence go hand-in-hand the more you play, the better off it’s going to be."

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