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Morning Skate Updates: 11/14/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak gets the nod in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak has not allowed a goal in over two games and his personal goose egg streak now stands at 143:27.

The Streak: The Isles have now gone 181:11 without allowing a goal, which is 18:03 short of the record (199:14 ,set in March-April 1998), passing a February, 1994 streak of 162:00. The Islanders need to hold off the Panthers for the first 18 minutes of the third period to establish a new franchise record.

Halak’s Streak: Halak stands 21:11 short of his career best (164:38) and is 35:02 shy of the Chico Resch's 178:29, which has stood as the Islanders single-goalie record for 39 years.

Bailey In: Josh Bailey (hand) was activated off of Injured Reserve yesterday and draws into the lineup tonight for Cory Conacher. Bailey missed eight games with his injury and has four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games this season.

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

Where and When: The Islanders at BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. Click here for channel listings. The game can be seen in the New York area on MSG+ 2.

Killin’ It: The Islanders penalty kill has been perfect in each of the past three games, killing all 12 minors.

They Said It:
Jack Capuano on putting Josh Bailey back in the lineup tonight: “I’m breaking up some lines here tonight to put him back in. He deserves that opportunity. He has to go in there as a skilled guy with that fourth-line mentality.”

Josh Bailey on returning from an eight-game absense: I’m excited. It felt like a lot longer than it was. It was three weeks. I got to be a part of everything, watch every game and stay in shape the whole time being able to skate. It could have been a worse injury. It’s never easy to watch your team play, but I’m happy they did well and I want to get in and contribute.

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