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Capuano: ‘We’re in last place, so no one should be arguing’ about lineup changes

Dec 23, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

The New York Islanders are changing things up for tonight’s date in Detroit, which promoted head coach Jack Capuano to say the following:

That quote came after Capuano announced he was dropping Eric Boulton from the fourth line and replacing him with Colin McDonald, who hasn’t played since Dec. 12 (McDonald received 12 minutes in a 6-3 loss to Phoenix that night, and finished minus-2).

On the blueline, Aaron Ness will draw in while Matt Carkner will sit. Ness has been parked for a while as well, having last played in a 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Dec. 17.

The Isles have lost four of five and are coming off a 5-3 home defeat to Anaheim on Saturday — a game in which they held a 3-1 lead going into the third period, before the Ducks rattled off four unanswered goals in the final frame.

New York currently sits last in the Metropolitan Division, with 27 points, and six points clear of cellar-dwellers Buffalo for bottom spot in the Eastern Conference.

  1. tjvalley - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Who cares at this point. Without decent strong puck moving Defenseman it doesn’t matter who’s playing or not.

  2. garyreasons55 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Fans on Capuano: “Listen, we’re in last place and we blow late leads every game. Our coach doesn’t use timeouts because he says that he leaves that up to his centers. No one should be arguing over coaching changes right now.”

  3. c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    trade you pouliot for harmonic and martin 3rd rounder in 2014

    • c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM


      • bcisleman - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        McDonough, Kreider & MDZ for Hammer.

  4. bcisleman - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Cappy promoted? Obviously you meant prompted but I’m guessig a lot of Isles fans would like to promote him to the AHL!

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