BOSTON -- With a weekend road back-to-back scheduled against the Boston Bruins on Saturday and the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano has decided to give backup goaltender Chad Johnson a rare second start in a week when the Islanders face the Bruins at TD Garden (5 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, FX-CA).
Johnson made 15 saves in his last start, a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 31.
"I thought he played real well last time here," Capuano said, referring to a 3-2 Islanders win against the Bruins with Johnson in net Oct. 23. "And then obviously we've got back-to-back games. So there's no question that when we made our decision as a staff that played into it."
Johnson played for the Bruins last season before signing with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent during the summer. He was comfortable back at TD Garden, with 30 saves on 32 shots to earn the win. Since that start he has allowed four or more goals in seven of 10 starts.