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Morning Skate Updates: 2/7/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Johnson Starts:
Chad Johnson will start tonight for the Islanders. Johnson, a former Bruin, made 30 saves as the Islanders won 3-2 in Boston on Oct. 23. Johnson boasts a perfect 9-0 record at TD Garden.

Johnson on playing against Boston: It’s like playing against a family member almost. You know the ins and outs and you’re more competitive in a sense. Good to have these kind of games and it’s exciting to come back to an arena you know and an atmosphere you know, the players you know. It’s an exciting game to play.

Lineup: The Islanders are going with the same lineup from Thursday’s win.

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

Where/When: The Islanders are playing at TD Garden in Boston tonight at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on MSG+2. Click here for channel listings.

Frantic February: The Islanders frantic February continues tonight, as the team plays its third 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.

In Beantown: The Islanders have won three straight games in Boston.

Season Series: The Islanders and Bruins have split the first two games of their season series, with the road team winning each game.

De Haan’s 100th: Calvin de Haan will play his 100th career NHL game tonight. De Haan has four goals and 24 assists in 99 career games.

They Said It:
Tavares on the keys to beating Boston: We just have to play a good road game, make good puck decisions and be smart. We can’t give them anything easy, we have to make them work for their ice and opportunities. If we’re playing with the puck, then we are going to make them defend and play in their own end, which takes a lot of energy and makes it a lot harder for them to generate anything.

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