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Morning Skate Updates: 11/16/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

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Halak in Goal: Jaroslav Halak gets the start Monday for the Islanders. Halak has lost three straight starts, but his numbers this season have been outstanding, as the Islanders goaltender has a 1.90 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He is 4-4-1 overall. 

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Zidlicky In, Pelech Out: Marek Zidlicky returns to the Islanders’ after sitting out the second game of a back-to-back set on Friday. He replaces Adam Pelech, who made his NHL debut on Friday vs. the Anaheim Ducks. Zidlicky will appear in his 800th career game Monday. 

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Capuano on Zidlicky's 800th game: “He’s been through a lot of battles. He’s a good leader for us. He’s quiet, but when he talks, people are going to listen, his teammates are going to listen. He’s a veteran guy that brings a lot of hockey experience.”

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Lindback in Goal: Anders Lindback gets the start for the Coyotes. This is a break for the Islanders, as Capuano said Arizona starter Mike Smith is the best puckhandling goalie in the league. 

Vs. the ‘Yotes: The Islanders are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against the Coyotes. 

Johnny Boychuk on the Coyotes: “They are a really skilled, fast team and sometimes they are underestimated. They are a really good team and can’t be underestimated because if you do that, you probably end up losing.”

Domi and Duclair: Two 20-year-olds, Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, have breathed life into the Coyotes organization. Domi leads the Coyotes with eight goals and is second on the team with 15 points, while Duclair’s seven goals are second-most on the team. Domi, a 2013 first-round pick, is the son of former NHLer Tie Domi, while Duclair was traded from the Rangers for Keith Yandle last season.

Capuano on Domi/Duclair: “They have some talented young players. When you have youth, energy and enthusiasm and right now they are playing hard and playing well." 

“It’s a young man’s game. If you look at the youth around the league, some of these top draft picks they can step right in and help your hockey club. They are getting good ice time from [Coyotes coach] Dave [Tippett] on the other side and they are taking advantage of their opportunity.”
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