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Morning Skate Updates: 2/5/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak gets the nod in goal tonight for the Islanders. The Islanders goaltender is 2-0-0 with one shutout against the Flyers this season and 26-11-0 on the season.

Strait In, Visnovsky Out: Brian Strait draws into the lineup tonight for Lubomir Visnovsky.

Capuano on Strait: We need to make a few changes. We have eight guys that want to get in and Brian is one of our better penalty killers.

Forwards: The Islanders forward corps remains the same from Tuesday’s game.

Projected Lines:    
27 Anders Lee 91 John Tavares 12 josh bailey
84 MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 51 Frans Nielsen 86 Nikolay Kulemin
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson 18 ryan strome
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 15 cal clutterbuck

Where/When: The Islanders are playing at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia 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 their second 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.

Dad’s Trip: The Islanders players brought their dads and mentors on the three-game trip with them. Check back to for dad’s features later this week.

They Said It:

Anders Lee on playing on the top line: I just want to play my game. They are good enough players that they can read off me and I can read off them. I’m just trying to create some space for them, let them do their magic and hopefully clean up the dirty work sometimes.

Anders Lee on John Tavares: He sees the ice incredibly well. He can come in make a play from anywhere. He obviously has that scoring touch. He’s an elite player in this league and it’s awesome to watch him play. To play with him is a huge opportunity.

Jack Capuano on straying from the team’s identity against Florida: The Florida game was probably one of the worst games we played all year. We gave up a power-play goal late, but it wasn’t us. We weren’t moving our legs, we weren’t playing the way we know how to play. We have to play fast.

Jack Capuano on discipline and the penalty kill: Our discipline is good, but it’s a matter of getting everything out of your mind, moving forward and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. That’s the bottom line. We have guys that can do it. We know we can do it.

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