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Morning Skate Updates: 11/6/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson will start in goal for the Islanders tonight against the LA Kings. Head Coach Jack Capuano said the decision to start Johnson over Halak was made largely based on the Islanders back-to-back schedule, comparing the situation to the opening weekend vs. the Carolina Hurricanes.

Cizikas In, Conacher Out: Casey Cizikas draws back into the Islanders lineup, replacing Cory Conacher. Capuano said he wanted Cizikas to take a step back Wednesday in Anaheim and wants Conacher to do the same tonight in Los Angeles. Cizikas will center the fourth line between Eric Boulton and Matt Martin.

Cizikas:  It’s a different game from up top than it is on the ice. You see every play, you see everybody on the ice and see what guys do, especially watching Johnny (John Tavares), Fransy (Frans Nielsen) and Nelly (Brock Nelson) what they do on the ice definitely helps me.

The Kids Are Alright: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome will play together on the "kid line" tonight.

Projected Lines:  
86 Nikolay Kulemin 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
84 Mikhail grabovski 51 Frans Nielsen 15 Cal Clutterbuck
27 Anders Lee 29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
36 eric boulton 53 Casey Cizikas 17 Matt Martin

Where and When: The Islanders are at STAPLES Center tonight in Los Angeles. 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+.

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 lack of secondary scoring:
It's a little concerning to me. Last night we got two power-play goals, but I'm hoping at some point we break out of this. Some guys - top-six, top-nine guys - didn't have shots on net last night. You're not going to be able to score or generate secondary opportunities if you don't [get shots on goal].


Casey Cizikas on the penalty kill:
Guys were taking the right routes and using good sticks, but that split second where [Cal Clutterbuck] handed his stick to [Travis Hamonic], Hamonic was a split second away from lifting Beleskey's stick. That's the way it's been going for us lately. Tonight is a big night for us as killers going up against their power play. They have a lot of guys who can score, a lot of firepower.

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