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Morning Skate Updates: 11/30/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders
Greiss in goal: Thomas Greiss will get the start in goal Monday for the Islanders. Greiss made 29 saves in the Islanders 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and was named the game’s first star. 

The Islanders are getting quality goaltending from both of their netminders this season, who both have numbers above the league average (2.49 goals against average and .915 save percentage). Greiss is 6-3-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .927 SV%, while Halak is 6-4-2 with a 2.02 GAA and a .921 SV%

“Both guys are kicking it for us and doing the job,” head coach Jack Capuano said. Look at Jaro’s save percentage right now… and Thomas is playing real well for us, too. Having that is a luxury, hopefully they can continue to perform for us and give our team a chance.” 

Same Lineup: The Islanders are icing the same lineup from Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

PROJECTED LINES:
BROCK NELSON JOHN TAVARES KYLE OKPOSO
ANDERS LEE FRANS NIELSEN JOSH BAILEY
NIKOLAY KULEMIN MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI  RYAN STROME
MATT MARTIN CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK


PROJECTED D-PAIRS:

NICK LEDDY TRAVIS HAMONIC
CALVIN DE HAAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
THOMAS HICKEY MAREK ZIDLICKY


Bailey’s 500th: Josh Bailey will play his 500th game as an Islander tonight. Bailey has 86 goals and 144 assists in 499 NHL games. The ninth-overall pick in 2008 has played his entire career with the Islanders and is the 25th player in franchise history to hit 500 games. 

“Nowadays you don’t always see that happen, so I’m pretty proud to have been here as long as I have been and be with one organization as special as the Islanders from day one,” Bailey said. “It’s like home to me now.”

Vs. the Avs: The Islanders and Avalanche split their season series last year with a pair of shutouts. The Avalanche won 5-0 in Denver, while the Islanders won 6-0 on Long Island.  The Isles are 9-2-3 in their last 14 games overall vs. Colorado and are 7-1-0 in their last eight home games vs. the Avs.

Tavares vs. Duchene: John Tavares and Matt Duchene, the first and third-overall picks in the 2009 draft, face off against each other tonight. Both in their seventh NHL seasons, Tavares leads his draft class in goals (185), assists (237) and points (422). Duchene is second in all three categories (138G, 202A and 340P). 

Avs Young Guns: The Avalanche are led by three young stars – Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog – who are all under the age of 25. MacKinnon, the first-overall pick in the 2013 draft, leads the Avs with 24 points (10G, 14A), while Duchene leads the team with 12 goals. Duchene, who was picked two spots behind John Tavares in 2009, has been especially hot of late, with 16 points (8G, 8A) in nine games. Landeskog, the Avs captain, is third on the team in scoring and is riding a five-game point streak (2G, 6A).
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