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Morning Skate Updates: 3/26/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is making his third consecutive start since returning from a minor injury. The Islanders goaltender has allowed one goal in his past two games.

No Changes:
Head Coach Jack Capuano is sticking with the same lineup from Tuesday’s tilt with the Minnesota Wild.

Where/When: The Islanders are on Long Island tonight and play gets underway at 7 p.m. Tonight's game is on MSG. Channel Finder

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

Vs. the Kings: The Islanders have won three of their last five meetings with the Kings, including a 2-1 shootout win on Nov. 6 in Los Angeles.

Visnovsky: Lubomir Visnovsky was back on the ice today after taking a maintenance day Wednesday. Capuano said there was no rush to get the 38-year-old defenseman back in the lineup, but said that he was getting close.

PK: The Islanders have not allowed a power-play goal in their last 10 games, killing off 23 straight penalties over that span.

Nielsen on PK: We’ve been doing some good things. Everybody’s been doing their assignments. It’s been really good lately. We’re doing the right things, getting good saves too. It’s nice that it’s clicking now that it’s getting close to the playoffs.

Special Teams: The Kings enter the game with the league’s 10th-best PP (19%), while the Islanders PP is ranked 19th (18%).

Tavares: John Tavares (74 points) is in a three-way tie with Sidney Crosby and Jakub Voracek for the NHL scoring lead. Tavares has 34 goals and 40 assists this season and has points in two straight games.

Quick: Jonathan Quick enters tonight on a two-game winning streak, allowing three goals over that span. Quick is eighth in the NHL with 32 wins and leads all goalies with 18 PIM.

Kopitar: Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 59 points (15 goals, 44 assists). Kopitar has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last four games.

Gaborik: Marian Gaborik has points in three straight games (two goals, two assists).

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