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Morning Skate Updates: 11/21/14

by Greg Picker / New York Islanders

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES

MSG: TONIGHT'S ISLES-PENS GAME IS ON MSG

Johnson Starts:
The Isles go to Chad Johnson in goal tonight. This is Johnson’s seventh start of the season (4-2-0), but the first of his career against Pittsburgh. The Islanders backup is playing a Metropolitan Division opponent for the first time since defeating the Carolina Hurricanes in the home opener on Oct. 11. Johnson was originally a Penguins fifth-round draft pick in 2006.

Johnson on the Penguins: Every team has sort of a different flow to their game. They obviously have Malkin and Crosby on the team here and a lot of skill. Not seeing them is an adjustment, but it is what it is. You can't worry about who it is too much, you have to just play your game and stay focused and sort of work together to play strong in the defensive end.
 
Lineup: Head Coach Jack Capuano is sticking with the same lineup from Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Capuano shuffled the deck midway through Tuesday's win, so it remains to be seen how he'll draw up his lines for tonight's contest.

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




Where and When: The Islanders are at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Looking for 100: The Islanders come into tonight’s game with an all-time record of 99-99-22-12 against Pittsburgh.
 
Back-to-back:
Tonight marks the first half of the fourth back-to-back set this season. The Isles are 3-0-0 in the opening game of a back-to-back so far this season.
 
Fleury Starts:
The Penguins announced that Marc-Andre Fleury gets the nod between the pipes tonight and Thomas Greiss will go tomorrow. Fluery currently leads the NHL with four shutouts and has an 8-1-0 record in his last nine starts. In the game against the Isles on Oct. 18, Fluery allowed just one goal on 35 shots.



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