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Morning Updates: 12/23/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson gets the start in goal tonight for the Islanders. Johnson is 5-4-0 this season and is playing for the first time since Dec. 9. Head Coach Jack Capuano said he was giving goaltender Jaroslav Halak a maintenance day after making five straight starts, including a back-to-back over the weekend.

Practice is a lot different than games. You just want to get in the flow of things, feel the puck, make good reads and good plays when you get out and play the puck behind the net.

Goaltender Kevin Poulin has been emergency recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Islanders are going with the same lineup from Saturday’s win against the Lightning.

Projected Lines:    
12 Josh Bailey 91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
84 Mikhail grabovski 51 Frans Nielsen 86 Nikolay Kulemin
27 Anders Lee 29 Brock Nelson 18 ryan strome
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 MSG2. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Price Starts: Carey Price will start in goal tonight for the Canadiens.  Price boasts an 18-9-1 record, a 2.27 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He’s 4-1-0 in his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game over that span.

Vs. The Habs: The Isles are 7-4-1 in their last 12 games against the Habs, including 3-2-1 in the last six on Coliseum ice.

The Hamonic/Boychuk Effect: The Islanders are 15-3-0 when either Johnny Boychuk (10-2-0) or Travis Hamonc (5-1-0) leads the Islanders in time on ice.

Third Jerseys: The Islanders are 4-1-0 when wearing their alternate jerseys and will don them for the sixth time this season tonight.

Rocking the Barn:
The Islanders are 13-3 at Nassau Coliseum this season and are 10-1 in their last games on home ice.

They Said It:

Anders Lee on the Yes Chant:
We all like it. All the guys in the locker room enjoy it and to see the fans do that after we score, the place was rocking on Saturday so it was kind of fun to do that with the fans.

Head Coach Jack Capuano on Chad Johnson:
You want to get back in there like any other player... It’s a big game for him. He’ll get in there and work extremely hard. He’s excited to get in there and play. It’s tough for anybody when you go for a little bit of an extended time without playing, but he's been in that situation before with [Tuukka] Rask in Boston. I expect tonight he’ll give us a chance to win this game.

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