04 November 2011
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.”
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