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Morning Updates: 12/27/14

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES

Halak on IR: The Islanders placed Jaroslav Halak (lower body) on IR retroactive to Dec. 20. Kevin Poulin was recalled on emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL).

Capuano: For me it’s a little more maintenance. Hopefully over the next couple of days he’ll be ready to go for us. We don’t want to rush a guy back in, especially at that position.

Poulin Starts:
Kevin Poulin will start in goal for the Islanders tonight. Poulin is 10-6-4-1 this season with a 2.41 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in 20 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Poulin is coming off of a 34-save shutout against the Providence Bruins last night in Bridgeport.

Capuano:
He’s earned it. He played extremely well in training camp, but it’s a two-part question. The other part is he saw some pucks last night… Last night he played well at home against Providence, but more importantly, he’s a guy who deserves an opportunity.

Lineup:
The Islanders are sticking with the same lineup from Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.


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 First Niagara Center tonight and the game can be seen on MSG+. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. Click here for channel listings.

Vs. The Sabres: The Islanders are 3-0-2 in their last five games against the Sabres.

Enroth Starts:
Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for the Sabres tonight. Enroth is 10-11-2 in 23 games this season.

Ennis Leads:
Tyler Ennis leads the Sabres with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists).

They Said It:
John Tavares on resting and regrouping over the Christmas break:
As a group we could tell we didn’t have that extra gear [against Montreal] that we had in a few earlier games. Even though we played a pretty strong game we knew it wasn’t our best. When you get three days especially to get away mentally and physically and spend some time with your family, you come back ready to go, excited and rejuvenated in a way. It's nice to get back at it. Certainly Christmas break signals the big push. It starts now.

Ryan Strome on the Islanders power play:
I think we have the capability to be a top five, top 10 power play. Early in the year we started strong and we’ve had a couple good games here and there, but we have to find that consistency. It has to be more than just five guys. The second unit has to contribute a little bit more. We really have to try and push each other. It’s a big part of the game that we need to take more advantage of.

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