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Morning Skate Updates: 3/24/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is coming off a 26-save shutout over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Dubnyk Starts:
Surprise, surprise. Devan Dubnyk is set to make his 32nd straight start for the Wild (33rd overall). Dubnyk is 23-6-2 with the Wild this season.

De Haan in, Donovan Out:
Calvin de Haan draws back into the lineup after a one-game absence. Matt Donovan will come out of the lineup after playing three straight games.

The Islanders forward lines will stay intact.

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 on Long Island tonight and play gets underway at 7 p.m. Tonight's game is on MSG+. Channel Finder

Visnovsky: Lubomir Visnovsky is close to a return according to Head Coach Jack Capuano.

Capuano: Tonight was a night that he was probably real close. I foresee him here in the next couple of days.

Vanek Returns: Thomas Vanek returns to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since being dealt from the Islanders at last year’s trade deadline. Vanek is also red-hot right now for the Wild, riding an eight-game point streak (six goals, four assists). He said he had fond memories of his time on Long Island.

Vanek: Even though it was a short stint, I’ve only had good memories and good things to say. I wish the team would stay here on the island and not move, but other than that, I had a great time. It’s a building I didn’t like coming to, but once I was here, now it’s one of my favorite buildings. The fans are great here, the building gets loud.

Running Wild: The Wild have won nine straight games on the road and are 21-5-1 overall since the all-star break.

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