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Morning Skate Updates: Game Four

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Game Four: The Islanders have a chance to go up 3-1 in their series against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. The game is on MSG+ in the Long Island area and can be seen nationally on USA.

Halak Starts:
Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak is 2-1 and is coming off a 24-save performance on Sunday.

Capitals Starter TBD: Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz did not name a starter for today’s game, but Braden Holtby would be a great guess.

Isles Skaters TBD: Head Coach Jack Capuano did not offer details on today’s lineup other than his goaltender.

PK: The Islanders have killed five of six penalties against the Capitals' top-ranked regular season power play.

Matt Martin: Attention to detail, the coaching staff has done a really good job preparing us heading into the playoffs. Our penalty kill, guys have been outstanding in the last 30 games of the season and so far in the playoffs.

Fehr Out: Eric Fehr will miss tonight’s game. The Capitals did not name his replacement.

Johansson In: Marcus Johansson is in tonight for the Capitals. His status had been questionable after he left Monday's practice early.

They Said It:
Johnny Boychuk on Game Four: It could be a turning point in the series. It’s either 2-2 or 3-1 and you’d rather be up 3-1 than go back [to D.C.] 2-2. It’s a crucial game for us and we have to be ready to do whatever it takes.

Brock Nelson on the Coliseum Crowd: The atmosphere is second to none, it’s one of the loudest places when it’s packed. We saw that on Sunday and we expect it tonight. We want to come out and get them involved right away and try to get that momentum wave in our favor.

Josh Bailey on Kyle Okposo: He’s certainly stepped up his game. It’s fun to play with him, I’ve always enjoyed playing with Kyle. He makes the guys around him better. He’s so strong on pucks and has incredible vision. He always seems to find guys out there and at the same time, he has a great shot. When he gets into those scoring areas, he finds a way to put it in.

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