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Morning Skate Updates: 3/21/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Leddy Returns: Nick Leddy is back in the Islanders lineup after missing the previous four games with an upper-body injury. Leddy will be paired with Johnny Boychuk. Calvin de Haan will come out of the lineup tonight.

Capuano on Leddy: When you lose elite players, you have a hole to fill. This is a guy that is very important to our team. When you have a guy that can move the puck, you spend less time in your own end. He helps our power play when he’s on the ice… When you lose elite players, there’s a hole on the back end, not to forget there’s a lot of chemistry with his partner (Johnny Boychuk).

Halak Starts:
Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight after sitting out Tuesday’s Islanders-Blackhawks game with a lower-body injury. Halak is 3-0-0 against the Devils this season with 1.60 goals against average and a .942 save percentage.

The Islanders forward corps. remains intact from Tuesday’s game.

12 josh bailey 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
86 Nikolay Kulemin 51 Frans Nielsen 26 Tyler Kennedy
27 Anders Lee
29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin
53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal clutterbuck

The Islanders are in New Jersery tonight and play gets underway at 7 p.m. Tonight's game is on MSG+2. Channel Finder

Bust the Slump: The Islanders have lost a season-high four straight games entering tonight, scoring one goal in each contest. John Tavares said the Islanders are not panicking, but that they have to play with some urgency tonight to get reacquainted with that winning feeling.

I know our record hasn’t been good, but our play hasn’t been bad… I have faith in the way those guys played against Chicago. We just have to score some goals.

Devs and Ders:
The Islanders have won five straight games against the Devils, including their last three at Prudential Center. These games are always close, as six of the last eight were decided by one goal. The last three at the Rock have gone to overtime or a shootout.

Tavares: It’s no secret, the way they’ve played for a long time. This is a very structured team who competes very hard and always has very good goaltending. These divisional games, teams that you play a lot are obviously going to be tight.

The Islanders penalty kill has been perfect over the team's last eight games and has killed off 24 straight penalties overall.

Schneider Starts:
Cory Schneider will start in goal tonight for the Devils. Schneider has been lights out since the All-Star Break, allowing two goals or fewer in 16 of his last 20 starts. The Devils goaltender is coming off a 35-save shutout over the Pittsburgh Penguins and has allowed two goals total in his last three starts.

Red-Hot Devils:
The Devils enter tonight on a three-game winning streak.
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