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Morning Skate Updates: 3/9/15

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Neuvirth Starts:
Michal Neuvirth will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Neuvirth is making his second straight start – and second as an Islander – after losing 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday.

Neuvirth: I’m looking forward having a better game than the last game and it’s definitely nice to get another chance to prove myself and earn the respect of my teammates.

Kennedy In, McDonald Out:
Tyler Kennedy is expected to make his Islanders debut tonight, skating on a line with Nikolay Kulemin and Brock Nelson.

Kennedy on Nelson: He’s just a good skilled guy, a guy who can play power forward up and down the ice with some skill. I’m just going to try to get him the puck and create some space for him.

With Kennedy’s insertion, Cal Clutterbuck returns to the energy line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.

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

The Islanders play the Maple Leafs tonight at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen on MSG+.

Ontario Boys: The Islanders have eight Ontario-born players on the roster including four – John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas and Ryan Strome – from the Greater Toronto Area.

At the ACC:
The Islanders have won four of their last five games in Toronto.

Bernier Starts:
Jonathan Bernier will start tonight for the Maple Leafs. Bernier is 2-2-1 with a 3.20 goals against average and a .908 save percentage against the Islanders in his career.

Kadri Sits:
Nazem Kadri is a healthy scratch for the Maple Leafs tonight. Kadri’s scratch is a disciplinary action for showing up late to a team meeting on Sunday.

Coaches’ Corner:
Jack Capuano on being patient with Josh Bailey’s development:
Josh knows a few of the intangibles he has to do to be better and it’s starting to come now. He’s just one of those guys where you’re patient and good things happen. But it’s ultimately about the player and the willingness to do the things the coaching staff has asked you to do and realizing when you do those things good things happen.

Peter Horachek on the Islanders:
They’ve made believers out of everyone. They are a dangerous team.
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