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Morning Skate Updates: Bryan Trottier Night

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Halak Starts: Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight. Halak – who was selected Thursday to participate in the NHL All-Star Game – is coming off a 27-save shutout over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Lineup: The Islanders are sticking with the same lineup from Tuesday’s win.

Projected Lines:    
12 josh bailey
91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee 51 Frans Nielsen 18 ryan strome
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson 86 Nikolay Kulemin
17 Matt Martin 53 Casey Cizikas 15 cal clutterbuck

Where and When:
The Islanders are at Nassau Coliseum tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Top of the Metro: The Islanders and Penguins are battling for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders lead the division with 59 points, while the Penguins are one point back.

Okposo vs. Penguins: Since the 2013 playoffs, Kyle Okposo has been an impact player against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Okposo had six points (three goals, three assists) in four games against the Penguins last season.

Okposo: I enjoy playing them. I’ve only played one playoff series in my career and it was against them. That definitely adds a bit of fuel to the fire, but I just like playing them.

Fleury Starts: Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal for the Penguins tonight.

Trottier Returns: Tonight is Bryan Trottier Mini-Locker Night at Nassau Coliseum, as the Islanders celebrate the team’s all-time points and assists leader. Trottier scored 1353 points (500 goals, 853 assists) in 1123 games in orange and blue. He addressed the media prior to today’s morning skate.

Trottier on J.P. Parise: I was a young, upcoming kid and he made me feel like I had something to give. And watching him practice, he was a practice maniac. He practiced as hard as he played. Watching how he’d line up his pucks and take his practice shots and stay a long time after practice to work on certain things and his booming voice... J.P. and his wife Donna were fantastic.

Trottier on Tavares: Holy cow, can he stickhandle, can he score. He generates and he’s tireless on the puck. It’s wonderful to see him have the success he’s having. If you folks are kind enough to see a little of my game in John’s game and vice versa, great.

Trottier on Bossy: It’s magical in a sense that we had that kind of success for so long and that kind of push and pull each other. There was just a unique friendship. We don’t talk sometimes for months and it feels like just yesterday. That’s just the bond you build with your former teammates.

Trottier on the Community: We felt like Long Island embraced us. We wanted to just dive right into the communities and be a part of everything. The invitations just never seemed to stop.The people just made us feel like such a part of Long Island… We felt like we were a bigger reflection of the Long Island identity. One of acceptance and wonderful loyalty.

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