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Morning Skate Updates 3/4/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

The Islanders kick off a four-game road trip through Western Canada tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.

Tonight marks the beginning of the end of the Islanders Western visits, as after this road trip, the team will not leave the Eastern Time zone for the rest of the season.

The Islanders are looking to get back on track against a flying Jets team, who are 10-3-0 in their last 13 games and are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Ahead of tonight’s game, the Islanders held a morning skate at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. Here are some news, notes and quotes from today’s skate.

The Islanders take the ice for morning skate at the MTS Centre.

Lineup Notes/Changes:

Noise? What Noise? The Islanders have won three-of-four games at the raucous MTS Centre in Winnipeg and have taken seven-of-eight possible points.

Nilsson Starts: Anders Nilsson makes his second straight start in goal for the Islanders.

Anders Nilsson will start tonight for the Islanders.

Martin Returns: Matt Martin returns after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

Hamonic Comes Home: St. Malo, MB native Travis Hamonic returns to his home province for tonight’s game.

Hamonic: "I'm a western boy, I'm a farm kid and I like coming out this way. Everyone's complaining about the cold, but I love it."

Travis Hamonic speaks to the media at the Islanders morning skate.

It is currently 0 degrees in Winnipeg with a windchill of -12. Party on, Travis.

Bailey: Josh Bailey saw his four-game piont and assist streak (0g/4a) come to an end Sunday. He's sitting on 99 career NHL assists.


Brock Nelson eyes the puck during a drill at the Islanders morning skate.

Ryan Strome skates during a drill at the Islanders morning skate.

Jack Capuano addresses the media at the morning skate.

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