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Morning Skate Updates: 11/5/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES

Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is coming off of a 28-save performance against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. The Islanders goaltender is 5-5 lifetime against the Anaheim Ducks.

Boulton In, Cizikas Out: Eric Boulton will make his season debut tonight against the Ducks, relieving Casey Cizikas.

Boulton: I just have to go out there, keep it simple, do my job and bring some energy to the room and the bench. My job is to be physical, protect the guys out there. Hopefully they can feel more comfortable out there and play their game. [The Ducks] are a big, physical team, so that’s right up my alley.

Lineup: Coach Jack Capuano said Ryan Strome and Matt Martin could see increased time on the penalty kill in Cizikas’ absence. Nikolay Kulemin will skate on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

Capuano on Kulemin: I think Kulie supports that line with Johnny and Kyle as good as anyone we have. He’s a big power forward with a good stick. He’s got a good engine on him and can play those types of minutes. Not to keep changing things on Johnny and Kyle, but 86 is going to get an opportunity as we move forward.

Projected Lines:
 
86 Nikolay Kulemin 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee 51 Frans Nielsen 84 Mikhail grabovski
89 Cory conacher 29 Brock Nelson 15 Cal Clutterbuck
36 eric boulton 18 Ryan Strome 17 Matt Martin




Where and When: The Islanders are at Honda Center tonight in Anaheim. Puck drop is at 10:30 p.m. Click here for channel listings. The game can be seen in the New York area on MSG+.

Sitting Ducks? Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau did not reveal his goaltender for tonight’s game. Ducks starter Frederik Andersen sat out the team’s 3-2 win on Sunday with leg tightness and backup John Gibson is out with a groin injury. If Andersen is not ready to go tonight, the Ducks will turn to Jason LaBarbera for a second straight game.

Projected Defense Pairings:
44 calvin de haan 3 Travis Hamonic
2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
14 Thomas Hickey 11 lubomir visnovsky



They Said It:
Capuano on the penalty kill:
We did change some things on the penalty kill and we’re trying to make things work. It’s cost us some hockey games right now, so that’s one area we’ve tried to spend more time on, both with video and on the ice.

LISTEN TO CAPUANO’S MEDIA SCRUM

Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau on the Islanders:
“They have guys that can fly. They’ve added four major pieces to their puzzle in the offseason that I think are very good. They are a fun team to watch if you’re a spectator, but a scary team to play against.



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