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Morning Skate Updates: 2/24/15

by Jacob Betzner / New York Islanders


Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson will start in net tonight for the Islanders. Johnson is making his second start in three contests and is set to play his fourth game of the month. Johnson is 1-1-1 in February, with a 1.64 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. 

Chad Johnson on the benefits of playing more often:

“I’m tracking pucks better and the flow of the game is coming more natural for me. I’m just playing and not overthinking things. Sometimes when things aren’t going well, you have two or three weeks between games you get a lot of people trying to work on things, telling you to do different things and you can kind of lose focus of where your game needs to be. The more you play, the more people leave you alone, which allows you to get back in the flow of things.”

“The more you play the more confident you are going to feel. Playing starts closer together helps me to feel more into the games. There’s no excuses, you have to be ready, that’s my position, to be sharp regardless, but it does help.”

Lineup: The Islanders are going with the same lineup from Sunday's game.

Projected Lines:
27 Anders Lee 91 John Tavares 12 josh bailey
51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
86 Nikolay Kulemin
29 Brock Nelson 15 Cal clutterbuck

Where/When: The Islanders host the Coyotes at Nassau Coliseum tonight at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on MSG.

Leddy Signs: The Islanders announced today that defenseman Nick Leddy has signed a seven-year deal with the team. Leddy has played in 313 consecutive regular season NHL games including 61 with the Islanders this season. Since being acquired just one week prior to the start of the regular season, Leddy has 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 61 games. The Eden Prairie, MN native is second among Isles defensemen only to his blueline partner Johnny Boychuk.

Capuano on the Coyotes:
“They had a really good game against the Rangers [Feb. 14], just the outcome wasn’t there. Last night they probably should have beat New Jersey, but Cory Schneider was the first star. They put some pucks on the goaltender, that’s for sure. They have the fifth-ranked power play in the league and a guy on the back end with 17 goals [Oliver Ekman-Larsson]. Keith Yandle is obviously an elite player in this league.”

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