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Morning Skate Updates: 11/24/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES

Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. Halak is riding a six-game winning streak and has allowed just eight goals over that span. The Islanders netminder is 9-4 on the season with a 2.42 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

Lineup: The Islanders are sticking with the same 18 skaters that earned a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

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 back at Nassau Coliseum tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.Click here to buy tickets.

Tied for First: The Islanders are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division with 28 points apiece. It is the first time in nearly eight years that the Isles have at least a share of first place this late in the season.

Eight of Nine:
The Islanders have won eight of their last nine games (8-1-0).

November to Remember!
The Isles are 8-2-0 this November, which has four games remaining: a home game win with Philadelphia, a home-and-home series with Washington and a home game with New Jersey.  The eight wins are the most that they have had in any November since they went 8-6-1 in 2008 and they need one more victory for their first nine-win November since 1987.

Vs. the Metro:
The Isles are 5-1-0 in Division games.

Resiliency:
The Islanders are 7-1-0 when they allow the opening goal.

A-Mac Returns: Former Islander defenseman Andrew MacDonald plays against the Islanders for the first time since being dealt to the Flyers at last year's trade deadline. MacDonald was drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL draft and played 295 games for the franchise over six seasons.

MacDonald: It was great. I made a lot of good friends, a lot of great connections through the organization. They gave me my opportunity, and I'm grateful for that. Things didn't work out in the end, but I think both sides have moved on, and we're on opposite sides now.

Head Coach Jack Capuano was especially close with MacDonald, as Capuano coached MacDonald in Bridgeport.

Capuano on MacDonald: Him and I were together for a long time. When guys move on you want them to have success. They were loyal soldiers for us, they worked hard, they were great to coach, they were great people and you want to see them have success. I’m glad A-Mac got what he got.





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