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Morning Skate Updates: 11/8/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in net tonight for the Islanders. Halak is coming off of a 32-save performance Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks. He is 4-2-1 lifetime against the Arizona Coyotes.

Same Forwards, D TBD: Head Coach Jack Capuano is sticking with the same forwards from Thursday's win in Los Angeles. The defense will be a game-time decision.

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 Gila River Arena tonight in Glendale, AZ. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings. The game can be seen in the New York area on MSG+.

Into the Sunset:
Tonight's game marks the end of the Islanders five-game road trip. Calvin de Haan said the motivation for tonight's game is to finish the trip above .500.

Special Teams: The Islanders penalty kill went four-for-four against the LA Kings on Thursday and goes up against the league's eighth-ranked power play tonight in Arizona.

The Islanders take morning skate at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ.

They Said It:
Capuano on playing Lubomir Visnovsky on the first power-play unit:
If you look back the past two years we had a top-10 power play in the league with Visnovsky on it. We’ve got a couple of different looks. It’s a good thing to have that depth and two good units, but that’s not to say we won’t change moving forward.

It all depends on who we are playing, what the prescout is and how the opposition is killing penalties. O if we’re in a 2-3, or a 1-3-1. You have to look at the scenarios of what they’re doing.


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