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Morning Skate Updates: 11/11/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is riding a two-game winning streak and is coming off of his first shutout as an Islander, a 19-save performance Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Halak is one win shy of 150 for his career.

Conacher In: Cory Conacher draws back into the lineup tonight. Conacher sat out the Islanders last two games.

Capuano on Conacher: Cory is one of those guys that works hard, goes to the net. He’ll find his niche here, he’s too good of a player he’s too quick, he goes to the net, he shoots the puck. His point production is going to pick up for sure.

Boulton Out: Eric Boulton is out of tonight’s lineup after playing in three straight games. Head Coach Jack Capuano said Boulton “tweaked” something in his lower body at yesterday’s practice.

Boychuk TBD: Johnny Boychuk skated with the team at morning skate, but Capuano said he had to speak with the defenseman before determining his status for tonight’s game. Stay tuned to and the Islanders twitter account for further updates.

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

Where and When: The Islanders are back home at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings. Click here to purchase tickets. The game can be seen in the New York area on MSG+ 2.

The Islanders are looking for a do-over against the Colorado Avalanche after losing 5-0 in Denver on Oct. 30. The Islanders have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams on Coliseum ice.

Leddy: Nick Leddy is one point shy of 100 for his career. The defenseman has three goals and three assists for six points in 14 games this season.

Killin’ It: The Islanders penalty kill has been perfect in each of the past two games, killing all nine minors.

Jiggs On The Call: Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald will fill in for Howie Rose tonight on MSG+. The Islanders are 13-1-3 in the last 17 games that McDonald called.

They Said It:
John Tavares on bringing their road momentum home: We want to be good in our own building. We’ve had some big games here, but we’ve had games where we can be a lot better. It’s about focusing on the task at hand tonight and making sure we’re ready to play, ready to compete and have that high execution rate that we had on the road.

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