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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders vs Flames

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

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are set to face off against the Calgary Flames on Monday night at 7 p.m. (MSG+, AM970 The Answer - 101.9FM, 88.7FM WRHU, 103.9FM LI News). 

The Islanders held morning skate on Monday at Northwell Health Ice 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: 

The Islanders are going back to the same lineup from Friday's game in San Jose. That means Thomas Greiss starts in goal, while Ryan Strome and Scott Mayfield are healthy scratches. Greiss is starting for the third time in four games. 

PROJECTED LINES:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
JOSH BAILEY JOHN TAVARES  ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
NIKOLAY KULEMIN BROCK NELSON SHANE PRINCE
ANDREW LADD CASEY CIZIKAS CAL CLUTTERBUCK
ANDERS LEE ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY TRAVIS HAMONIC
THOMAS HICKEY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN ADAM PELECH
Discipline Improving For Islanders:

One of the things the Islanders did well on their recent road trip was stay out of the penalty box. The Islanders were shorthanded five times over the three-game trip, killing off four penalties. It was a stark contrast to the four games before the trip, where the Islanders were shorthanded at least five times in each game. 

"It's obviously important something we've talked about. The less time we spend in the box, the more opportunities we have to get power plays and score goals. You look around the league and the most-penalized teams usually aren't at the top, especially when they are minor penalties, which is something we've wanted to address."

Calgary enters Monday's game as the most penalized team in the league (121 total penalties) yielding 91 power plays for their opponents. The Flames were shorthanded six times on Sunday against Philadelphia, but scored a pair of shorthanded goals.

The Flames shorthanded unit is 29th in the NHL (75.8%), though it has improved since Nov. 12, killing at an 83.3% clip (25-of-30) since then. 

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Elliott Starting For Flames:

Brian Elliott getting the start in goal on Monday for Calgary. Elliott - whom the Flames traded for at the draft - is 3-9-0 this season with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage. Elliott is 4-1-3 lifetime against the Islanders.

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