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Morning Skate Updates: 2/10/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight against the Oilers. The Islanders goaltender is 28-11-0 this season and is riding a two-game winning streak. Halak is looking to avenge a loss to the Oilers this season in Edmonton.

Injury Updates:
Head Coach Jack Capuano described the injuries to Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin de Haan and Michael Grabner as “bumps and bruises” and “nothing serious.” All three skated at Islanders Iceworks this morning, but none will return to the lineup tonight.

Same Lineup:
The Islanders are sticking with the same lineup from Sunday’s win against the Buffalo Sabres.

Projected Lines:    
27 Anders Lee 91 John Tavares 12 josh bailey
84 MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
29 Brock Nelson 86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 13 COLIN MCDONALD

Where/When: The Islanders are back home at Nassau Coliseum tonight at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on MSG+. Click here for channel listings.

Frantic February: The Islanders frantic February continues tonight, as the team plays its fourth game of the month, one of 15 games in 26 days. The shortest month of the season features four sets of back-to-back games and the Islanders will not have consecutive days off until Feb. 25.

Okposo Resting: Capuano said Kyle Okposo is currently in a resting stage of his recovery from an upper-body injury.

Capuano on de Haan:
That was a scary situation, we all saw that. The shield caught a brunt of the skate. It looked harmless with two guys colliding, but the leg came up. He got some stitches, he’s feeling real well, no headaches.

Fasth Starts: Viktor Fasth will start in goal tonight for the Oilers.

NOT Oil Country: The Islanders have won seven straight games against the Oilers on Long Island, dating back to 1999.

Hurting Oilers: Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot were placed on injured reserve today. Goaltender Ben Scrivens was injured in Monday’s win over the New Jersey Devils and will not play tonight.

They Said It:
Capuano on Harry Zolnierczyk and Colin McDonald: Harry has that quickness, that speed you like and you can utilize him in different situations. Colin we know what we are going to get on that line. He crashes and bangs and plays sound positional hockey for us. I thought both of those guys threw their bodies around in that game.

Zolnierczyk on his Isles debut Sunday:
It was exciting to get the call after the game Saturday night. Exciting to get into buffalo, jump in and get my first one with the Islanders and it’s always good to get a win. I’m just looking to bring energy, physicality and be a pest out there and ultimately, when there’s a time to contribute offensively, I’d like to do that as well.

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