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Morning Skate Updates: 11/1/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: The Islanders are going back to Jaroslav Halak for tonight’s game against the Sharks. Halak made 20 saves, including seven in overtime, in a 4-3 shootout win over the Sharks on Oct. 16 at Nassau Coliseum.

Hamonic In: Travis Hamonic returns to the Islanders lineup after sitting out four games with an upper-body injury. Hamonic replaces Brian Strait in the lineup and is expected to pair with Calvin de Haan.


Line Changes: Brock Nelson is slated to play on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome takes Nelson’s place at center and will be flanked by Matt Martin and Anders Lee. Cory Conacher will play on a checking line with Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

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

Where and When: The Islanders are at SAP Center tonight in San Jose. Puck drop is at 10:30 p.m. Click here for channel listings. The game can be seen in the New York area on MSG+ and nationally on NBCSN.

Rematch: The Islanders beat the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 16 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders rallied from a 2-1 third-period deficit to take a 3-2 lead before the Sharks forced overtime. Jaroslav Halak stopped four of five Sharks shootout attempts, while John Tavares scored the game-decider in the fifth round.

Shark Tank: The SAP Center’s low ceiling and compact design truly give it a fishbowl feeling. Last season, the Islanders beat the Sharks 3-2 in a shootout in their last trip to Sillicon Valley.

They Said It:
Capuano (on Hamonic): He’s a leader for us on the ice and in the room. He’s a big piece of our hockey club and it’s good to get him back.

Vs. the Sharks:
The Islanders are 2-2-1 in their last five games against the Sharks. Four of the last five games have gone to overtime or a shootout.

Projected Defense Pairings:
44 calvin de haan 3 Travis Hamonic
2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey 11 lubomir visnovsky

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