Uniondale, NY-- A frustrated Jack Capuano will be making changes to the Islanders lineup come Saturday night when the Islanders host the 8-2 Washington Capitals.
The Islanders created opportunities during last night’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets, but continued to have trouble producing goals. The Islanders are currently 30th in the NHL in goals for with just 18 goals in ten games. In comparison, the 29th ranked team, the Anaheim Duck, have 26 goals through 13 games.
“You have to score goals,” Capuano said during his post game press conference. I’m not going to keep harping on; they have to find a way to get it done. So, probably change some lines, do some different things going into the Washington game.”
Through the first ten games of the season the offensive production has come through the team’s top line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares and PA Parenteau with some scoring coming from other players like Mark Streit, Michael Grabner, Andrew MacDonald or Frans Nielsen. Add Matt Martin to that group and you have all the Islanders that have scored a goal this season outside of the top line.
“We have some guys in there that have obviously put some numbers up in the past,” Capuano later said. “It’s a game of inches and maybe if you work just a little bit harder in certain areas you’ll get that goal, but that’s what we’re looking for and as a coaching staff those are the guys you have to play I think we’ve given guys an opportunity now to see what they can do, but now the bottom line is minutes don’t mean anything to me anymore. We have to win games”
The Islanders play the Capitals next, then go on three game road trip starting in Boston followed by games against the Avalanche and Canucks. So Capuano is eager to find a solution to the Islanders scoring woes sooner than later.
“Come Saturday night if we have to play three lines we’ll play three lines,” Capuano said in a frustrated tone. “If I have to play five defensemen I’ll play five defensemen. We have to win a game. Guys have gotten a chance, they’ve gotten minutes that they want, I’m proud of the effort they’ve given every night, but obviously something’s not working here. We have to look at it and change it up a little bit. We’ve given guys an opportunity to play with one another that have been successful in the past, but again it’s not working.”no comments
Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders lost their sixth straight game last night losing to the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at Nassau Coliseum. Evander Kane, Johnny Oduya, and Alexander Burmistrov led the charge for the Jets offensively, while Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 34 Islander shots he faced in net.
“(Pavelec) was good,” Commented Josh Bailey after the game. “He’s a good goalie, we knew this coming in, and we knew we needed to put a lot of pucks towards him. I thought we did that; it’s just a matter of putting pucks in the back of the net.”
Putting pucks in the net was the Islanders downfall last night. They had 34 shots on net and created opportunities throughout the game, especially in the second period where the Islanders were clearly the dominant team. Pavelec, allowed the Islanders two or three chances on a single rush at times by leaving “juicy” rebounds in front of the net. Unfortunately for the Islanders they would over skate them or wouldn’t be able to finish them.
“It’s one of those games where through screens the puck just seemed to find the goalie,” Islanders starter Rick Dipietro said following the 3-0 loss. “We had some good opportunities. Again you score one and you score two or three and it’s a different game. The forwards worked hard, I thought the D played a great game. We had a lot of cuts to the net, just didn’t capitalize.”
For his part, Dipietro held his own tonight looking strong stopping 23 of 25 shots he faced. The two goals he let in were not his own fault, although the fans will most likely blame him anyway, but the result of defensive breakdowns in front of the net.
Kane’s was able to score in the first period because he worked his way through Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald, who both seemed to back off Kane as he made his way to the net. Then Oduya scored in the third period as Travis Hamonic fell to the ice.
“Just came in and I don’t know if he faked, a couple shots got blocked and I was kind of like up down up down, Dipietro said about the Kane goal. “And the puck, some how, landed on his stick there. The third whack at it and that was it.”
The loss was a tough one for the Islanders, but they are trying to look at the positives and what they can build off of for Saturday nights game against the Capitals.
“You can’t really focus on that though,” Bailey said in response when asked if the team was snake bitten. “You don’t want to let it snow ball… you move on and focus on positives from the game before and I think there are a lot of positives to focus on tonight.”
Islanders’ defenseman Steve Staios expanded on Bailey’s thoug.
“We did a good job in the offensive zone,” Staios said. “We got pucks in deep, we played in our system, and we didn’t give up much defensively.”no comments
Update 11:38: Islanders beat writer Aruther Staple says the team will not put a claim on Sean Avery
Talks have been swirling that the Islanders could claim Sean Avery off re-entry waivers. The talk started after NY Post hockey writer Larry Brooks published an article that suggested the Islanders could make a claim to the New York Ranger pest.
The Brooks article suggests that Isles GM Garth Snow was being “coy concerning claiming the winger on waivers.”
Avery has had run ins with several players on the Islanders, as well as a documented run in with Snow following the Islander/Rangers preseason Brawl game on September 24, 2007.
(Per Islanders Point Blank)
Sean Avery walks by and sees Snow and Shanahan talking. Although Avery did not play in the game, he cannot resist getting involved. “Way to go, Snow,” Avery yells. “Yeah, you’re bleepin’ awesome. Big bleepin’ win for you guys, you ———.”
Shanahan says to his own teammate, “You’re kidding, right”? and tells Avery to continue walking. Avery ignores Shanahan, draws nearer and says something unprintable again to the general manager.
Snow – a bit of a hot-head in his goalie days – is in a tough spot. As much as he may want to, as a GM he can’t throw rights with Avery in his business suit 30 minutes after a game in an arena hallway. No matter who’s the instigator, Snow would be suspended for a long time. But he decides he can’t just stand there as Avery gets closer and closer to his face.
So Snow suggests that Avery listen to Shanahan and continue walking…but can’t hold back a parting shot: “That’s what you’re best at, Sean. Talking (crap) while you run away and let everyone else fight your battles.”
Avery, now looking like an eighth-grader at the flagpole who knows the other guy can’t fight, tells Snow, “I’m standing right here, you ————-. Let’s go.”
Shanahan, exasperated because he thought his baby-sitting duties were over for the night, orders Avery to leave the Coliseum immediately. Avery screams a few more inane insults, turns around and leaves.
This is the kind of stuff Avery has become known for and distained for. Claiming him and having him in a locker room that is still young would be more detrimental than helpful. No matter what he can do offensively he will only hurt the team in the long run.no comments
The Islanders are in Pittsburgh tonight to take on the Penguins after falling 3-0 to them on Tuesday at the Coliseum. The Isles are in the midst of a three game slump, but no one is pushing the panic button yet.
“It’s early in the season,” Matt Moulson said after Tuesday night’s loss. “We know we can win in this league. It’s just a matter of cleaning up some little things. I don’t think there is anything major, nothing to get panicked about, but we do have to continue to work hard for 60 minutes.”
The Islanders played their best game, out of the three they lost, on Tuesday. Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner all created scoring chances. Grabner’s line seemed to have been getting some of their rhythm back and Bailey and Comeau made their presence known on the ice. Not to mention the Islanders outshot their opponents and had they 17 to 18 scoring chances according to head coach Jack Capuano.
So no one on the Island is hitting the panic button.
“We had chances, but you have to battle through it and you have to continue to do things you need to do to score goals,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said o Tuesday. “They all go through it and a lot of players go through it, a lot of teams go through it. I don’t think we’ve scored a five on five goal now in for a couple games, but if they keep working it will come.”
Veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been through tough times like these before and believes that the guys can’t get down on themselves.
“I think we just have to relax and believe in each other,” Nabokov said. “I think that the most important thing is come to the locker room having fun. It’s a long season if we’re going to put ourselves down and squeeze the sticks and be pissed off. We have to have fun, but in the same token we have to work hard. I think last practice we had a good practice, so now we just have to build on it.”
The Islanders look to now make the quick turn around and defeat the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh.
“I think that’s a good part of the NHL,” Moulson said about the quick turn around between games. “You play so many games that you don’t get the outcome you want you have a quick turn around to get a win in two days. That’s what we need to do and it will be a good test for us.”no comments