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Morning Skate Updates: 3/14/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Nationally Televised: The Islanders are playing on NBCSN tonight in the United States and are also on Hockey Night in Canada via City and TVA Sports. Dave Strader and Brian Engblom have the call on NBCSN.

Neuvrith Starts:
Michal Neuvrith will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Neuvirth is 1-0-1 in his first two games as an Islander, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday for his first win.

Nielsen In: Frans Nielsen draws back into the lineup tonight, replacing Ryan Strome. Brock Nelson will slot in at center.

Donovan In:
Matt Donovan is back in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 6, switching places with Lubomir Visnovsky. Donovan has three assists in nine games this season.

I’m excited. It’s been a while - I’m just ready to get back out there and show what I can do. There are a lot of days where you are discouraged and wish you were playing, but I just have to go out there, work as hard as I can and prove to them I can play.

12 josh bailey 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
51 Frans Nielsen 86 Nikolay Kulemin
27 Anders Lee
29 Brock Nelson 26 Tyler Kennedy
17 Matt Martin
53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal clutterbuck

Vs. Da Habs:
The Islanders are looking for their first win against the Canadiens this season. 

Martin on the Canadiens:
We need to get pucks deep and be physical, play with some speed and be hard on them.

Tyler Kennedy scored the Islanders lone goal Friday and now has three points (two goals, one assist) in his first three games as an Islander.

The Islanders are playing their 14th back-to-back set this season. The Isles are 9-4-1 in the front-end and 8-5-0 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. The team has two more back-to-back sets before the end of the season.

Martin on Back-to-Backs: I didn’t realize we had played that many. It’s a little tiring, but it’s not something you think about too much. At this time of the year, everyone is a bit tired and banged up. You’re just trying to get through games and find ways to win and hopefully get back on track tonight.

Tired vs. Rested:
The Islanders played last night, while the Canadiens were idle. The Islanders are 1-4-0 this season playing out a back-to-back against a rested team.

Carey Price leads the NHL in wins (37), goals-against average (1.93) and save percentage (.935). Price won his only meeting against the Islanders this season, stopping 37 shots in a 3-1 Habs victory.

Martin on Price:
He’s a very good goaltender. We just have to shoot a lot of pucks and try and get in front of him. You can’t stop what you can’t see.

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