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Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss

Dec 8, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin has a shot from Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, of Slovenia, get by him for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) AP

After the New York Islanders lost their eighth straight game, captain John Tavares called on his teammates to have more pride.

“We’re not earning it,” Tavares said at the time.

So what are they saying after their 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings?

The players held a closed-door meeting after dropping their ninth consecutive contest to give each of them an opportunity to speak to the group, according to Newsday. But after going so long without a win, is there really anything that’s been left unsaid?

“It’s a broken record right now,” defenseman Matt Carkner said.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose job might be on the line, suggested that the team’s top line needs to step up and shoot more. He also pointed to their anemic effort with the man advantage as one of the causes for their latest loss.

Meanwhile the team is now 10 points out of a playoff spot, which leaves them with a 0.4% chance of advancing to the postseason, according to Sports Club Stats.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Overheard from outside the closed door was something to the effect of ” WE #@%$#@& SUCK”

    • c9castine - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      dunno what took them so long wow what a terrible hockey club right now.

  2. bagjr387 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Well hopefully Vanek is happy he is not on a bad team anymore….

    • 19to77 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      God. They gave up Matt Moulson, a core player on the team, and two high draft picks to watch Vanek leave at the trade deadline. What an awful move that was.

      • c9castine - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        yeah I’m not trying to be the “yeah i told you so” guy but yeah, i said it at the time. terrible move. moulson was clutch always.

        i was really convinced when i watched him taking a stupid slashing penalty against the Pens when his team was up a goal and let the Pens tie it. He even laughed about it while in the box. And then he got his pocket picked inside his own blue line that led to the game winner by Sid.

  3. allday420ap - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    You know its serious when they “close doors”

  4. sjsharks66 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    In the words of Bob Barker, “Laviolette COME ON DOWN!”.

  5. jl9830 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    This has to be the end for Capuano. He could be the worst coach in the NHL right now. He’s a very nice person, and the team seemed to respond well to him last year, but he simply doesn’t know the game well enough to be a good coach.

    His mismanagement of the lineup this year is indefensible. Rookie Brock Nelson, using regular and advanced stats, is one of the best forwards the Islanders have, yet he is the healthy scratch every night (last night notwithstanding). When they called up Calvin De Haan, that was great, but why did Matt Donovan go down instead of placing Martinek, the worst player in the NHL, on waivers? That could be Snow too, but knowing Capuano, he wants his “veteran guys.” Capuano changes the line combinations every game not based on any type of analysis, but on his gut. What this does is never allows guys like Bailey and Grabner the opportunity to get comfortable. And speaking of Bailey, how he plays every night and Nelson doesn’t is a fireable offense.

    If I have to see another loss, and then hear Capuano say they played “smaht and hahd,” I’m done watching until he’s gone. Snow deserves a lot of blame for this season too, but Capuano simply isn’t an NHL coach, and he should have been gone yesterday.

    • jl9830 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      This is failing to mention that the fourth line gets almost as much ice time as the first line on most nights!! He just rolls the lines in order, ignoring situations, o-zone vs. d-zone starts, etc. In no way should Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas be rivaling John Tavares in ice time per game. But, that’s Capuano for you!

  6. cybernetikghost - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I think the biggest surprise is that they are only 10 points out of a playoff spot. Get the right combinations of wins and losses of teams above them and they are in. 0.4% chance seems a bit low…

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Hey, he’s had plenty of time off… Is Bossy’s back feeling better yet?

  8. vbcaps - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Think Snow wishes he could take that Vanek trade back ??

  9. tjvalley - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    The best thing about the Vanek deal is that at the trade deadline Vanek has more selling power then moulson.

  10. ron05342 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Was at the game and the Islanders were never really in it. They had a couple of not-so-clean breakaways, but could not convert, and they had little else going for them.

    I’m not sure if its the Kings’ stifling defense, or the Islanders’ ineptitude on offense (more likely a combination of both). In any event, this one was a real snooze-fest.

  11. flash8910 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    They ended the meeting by chanting “we’re in the East.”

    With 21 points, they are 10 points behind Carolina and New York Rangers for 3rd place in the weak Metro division.

    If they were in the West, they would be looking up at Vancouver with 39 points, and they could just trade the entire team now.

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