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Morning Skate Updates: 12/4/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak can set the new Islanders consecutive wins record with a victory tonight in Ottawa. The Islanders netminder has won his last 10 games, tying him with Hockey Hall of Famer Billy Smith. Halak stopped 16-of-18 shots Tuesday night against Ottawa.

Reinhart In: Griffin Reinhart draws into the Islanders lineup tonight. Reinhart played three games for the Islanders at the beginning of the season.

Griffin Reinhart: “I’ve worked on every part of my game, but the biggest thing is practicing with guys that you are stronger and faster. That will naturally make you a better player.”

Grabner Activated: Michael Grabner was activated off the team’s injured reserve list on Wednesday, but Head Coach Jack Capuano did not announce his forwards for tonight’s game. Grabner has missed the entire start of the season (25 games) while recovering from hernia surgery.

Hamonic: Travis Hamonic (day-to-day, upper body) did not accompany the Islanders to Ottawa.

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Where and When: The Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. Click here for channel listings.


Humming: The Islanders have won 12 of their last 14 games.

Final Home-and-Home: The Islanders wrap up their fifth and final home-and-home set of the season.

In Ottawa:
The Islanders are 4-2-0 in their last six trips to Ottawa.

Daniel Alfredsson Night: Longtime Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson officially announced his retirement Thursday morning and will be honored prior to tonight’s game. Alfredsson played 17 seasons with the Senators, scoring 1108 points (426 goals, 682 assists) in 1178 games. He played his final season – last year – with the Detroit Red Wings, posting 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 68 games.

Carp, ON, (Ottawa suburb) native Calvin de Haan on Alfredsson:
He’s arguably the best Senator to ever put on the jersey. He was one of my favorite players growing up. I enjoyed watching him. He was so smart on the ice, he competed and he was entertaining too. Especially in those Leafs-Sens series, some of the antics that went on were pretty funny. He was a great leader and good for the community. I’ve talked to him a few times over the years and he’s just a down-to-earth person.

John Tavares on Alfredsson:
I grew up watching him play quite a bit and he was such a good player for a long time. I played with him at the All-Star Game in Ottawa and got to know him a little while I was there. He’s a tremendous person. A lot of guys I know that have played in Ottawa have always said great things about Alfie. I’m sure it’ll be a special night… I’m sure everyone will take a moment to pause and reflect on what a great career he had.

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