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Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal Monday night for the Islanders. Halak is expected to play half the game, though head coach Jack Capuano said he may stay in for the first two periods.
Change at Jamaica: The Islanders got a taste of their new commute Monday morning, riding the Long Island Rail Road to Barclays Center. The players said it’s a longer commute, but they expect to settle into a new routine relatively quickly.
Tavares: "Getting in here this morning was important for everyone to gauge their time. Time to get up, when to eat, get ready to get on the ice and whether you’re not skating what to do in the morning, meetings, etc."
"It’s a lot different now, but it’s just a change. I think you’ll get used to it, just like anything, just like we had daily life at the Coliseum."
Ice Quality: The Islanders coaching staff gave the ice a thumbs up after Monday's morning skate, especially given the fact that Madonna played a show at Barclays the night before.
Capuano: "The ice is good. It’s a lot better after a concert than what I’ve been on in the past at other rinks. They’ve worked extremely hard and the ice surface looks good to me."
Capuano also said he was happy with the space and height of the benches and made note of the lively boards, saying it’s something for his team to learn and learn quickly.
Locker Rooms: The Islanders used their new locker rooms for the first time Monday. The room isn't fully complete, as there are still some finishing touches to be added. Stay tuned for player reaction to the new room. Click here for a photo gallery of the new digs.
Lee – Tavares – Bailey
Kulemin – Grabovski – Petrov
Whitney – Barzal – Bernier
Martin – Kearns – Clutterbuck
They Said It:
Anders Lee on starting the preseason at home: We’re excited. We can’t believe it’s already here, but we’ve been looking forward to it for a while now. To get things going tonight will be really fun and to be here at Barclays is a great way to start the season.
Anders Lee on facing the Flyers: Just expecting a good, hard game. At this point of the year everyone is just trying to make a good impression and you do that by going out and playing hard every shift. Both sides are going to be doing that and it’ll be a good game.