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Morning Skate Updates - Islanders vs. Predators 11/12/13

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

The Islanders returned home to Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday morning and host the Nashville Predators tonight at 7:00 p.m. Here are some news, notes, pictures and quotes from today's skate.

Back Home: The Islanders stretch at center ice in Nassau Coliseum.

Kevin Poulin waits for shots during the morning skate.

Poulin Plays:
Head coach Jack Capuano named Kevin Poulin his starter tonight. Poulin starts consecutive games for the first time this season.

Lineup: Capuano did not reveal his lineup changes - if any - for tonight's game. Follow @NYIslanders for the latest lineup updates before tonight's game.

Blockin' Shots: Andrew MacDonald leads the league with 67 blocked shots this season entering tonight's game.

"At the end of the day it's you standing between the puck and the possibility of a goal," MacDonald said. "There's a lot of desperation plays that are made and you really don't have time to think. It's just instinct to block the net."

From the Coach: "I think he's (Kevin Poulin) played well. We haven't given him a couple of starts back-to-back here and he's deserving of it."

"We were a top-10 (penalty kill) team at the start of the year and whatever happened, it's in the past and we have to move forward and get back to basics."

Islanders running their morning drills.

Andrew MacDonald and Aaron Ness look on during the
morning skate.

Colin McDonald talks to the local media after the skate.

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