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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Panthers

News, notes and quotes ahead of the Islanders' game vs. Florida

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Islanders practice in Florida

The Isles skate in Florida before playing Panthers

Being back at BB&T Center conjures good memories for the Isles before they play Florida

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The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at 7 p.m. (MSG+2, 660AM, 101.9FM WFAN, 88.7FM WRHU, WRCN 103.9 FM). 

The Islanders held morning skate on Saturday at BB&T Center where Jack Capuano announced his lineup and addressed the media. Keep reading for news, notes and quotes from morning skate. Read the Game Preview here

 

The Lineup: 

Anthony Beauvillier returns from a two-game absence, while Halak starts his fifth game in a row. 

PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
JOSH BAILEY JOHN TAVARES  CAL CLUTTERBUCK
ANDERS LEE BROCK NELSON JASON CHIMERA
SHANE PRINCE RYAN STROME ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
ANDREW LADD CASEY CIZIKAS NIKOLAY KULEMIN
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

 

Andrew Ladd Finding His Stride:

After starting the season with no goals through 12 games, Andrew Ladd has goals in two straight contests. The three-time 25-goal scorer has played both games alongside Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin and the three likeminded players have clicked, generating a bevy of chances in Tampa Bay, along with the team's only goal. 

"His confidence is back," Cizikas said. "He's shooting the puck well and getting a lot of chances. At the start of the season it seemed like he had three or four chances per game, but it just wasn't going in for him. It looks like he's starting to get on a little role and hopefully he just continues."

They Said It:

Anthony Beauvillier on returning to the lineup: 

"Obviously just going try to do what I do best. Bring some energy to the team and play a simple game, bring some shots on net… I'm excited to be back in the lineup and hopefully have a good game."

Casey Cizikas on playing with Andrew Ladd and Nikolay Kulemin

"For me, it's easy to play with two guys like Ladder and Kuly. They're both big bodies and both skate well and offensively gifted and have proven that in the past. It's been fun for me to go out there the last two games and create something special."

Panthers Lineup Notes: 

Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Panthers on Saturday night. Dylan McIlrath, who was acquired from the Rangers this week, is a healthy scratch. Jussi Jokinen, who missed nine games before returning on Thursday, is back in the lineup for a second straight game on Saturday. 

Nick Bjugstad (upper body) participated in the Panthers' morning skate, but coach Gerard Gallant ruled him out for Saturday's game. Jonathan Huberdeau (lower body) is also out, as he recovers from a long-term injury. 

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