The New York Islanders are looking to build off a pair of shutout wins when they host the LA Kings on Saturday night.
The Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday and followed it up with a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday, despite making a coaching change on Tuesday.
"More importantly about the win, it was two games in a row," Thomas Hickey said on Thursday. "We played really good hockey, very structured, it was a really good game tonight and six periods in a row and it's something to look on and build on here."
Thomas Hickey dropped the gloves for his first NHL fight on Thursday night, answering a challenge from Dallas' Radek Faksa. The 6-foot, 189-pound defenseman hung with the 6-3, 210-pound forward and scored a takedown at the end of the fight.
But Hickey had another NHL first on Thursday, wearing an A for the Islanders. The 27-year-old doesn't usually wear a letter for the Isles, but was a logical choice for the coaching staff in wake of injuries to the captains, given the example Hickey sets on the ice.
In Doug Weight's head coaching debut, John Tavares scored 2 goals and Thomas Greiss made 23 saves to become the first Islander goalkeeper to earn back-to-back shutouts since 2014 as the Isles blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0 before a crowd of 12,630 at Barclays Center.
Tavares' second goal came with the Isles shorthanded, and was his first career shorthanded goal. The Isles have scored shorthanded goals in consecutive games for the first time since November 28 - December 1, 2014.
John Tavares tallied two goals and Thomas Greiss made 23 saves as the Islanders defeated the Stars, 3-0, in Brooklyn
The New York Islanders put together a complete game for their new coach.
John Tavares scored two goals and Thomas Greiss made 23 saves for his second consecutive shutout, as the Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday night at Barclays Center, giving Interim Coach Doug Weight his first NHL win.
"It's nice in the first game to get a win, but it's great in the fashion they did it," Weight said. "I'm impressed with the effort and it was a great win."
Scott Mayfield will draw into the lineup for Johnny Boychuk, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The rest of the lineup remains the same, which means Thomas Greiss starts in goal, while Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck will both miss their second straight games.
The New York Islanders were understandably a little somber on Wednesday afternoon, addressing the departure of Coach Jack Capuano the day before.
In a serious tone, the Islanders reflected on their time with their former and longtime bench boss and that the coaching change was ultimately a reflection on their first half of the season.
"Certainly it was a tough day," John Tavares said. "He'd been here for a while and we were very familiar with him, close with him and had been through a lot together. We take it hard and we should feel a lot of the responsibility."
Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 19-15-1-1 (40 points); 5th in Atlantic Division; 8th in Eastern Conference
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers took a trio of points from their three games last weekend and moved to 19-15-1-1 (40 points) on the season. The club enters Week 14 ranked fifth in the Atlantic Division, seven points outside of a playoff spot.
New York Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow announced today that Jack Capuano has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach. Assistant General Manager Doug Weight has been named Interim Head Coach.
"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
Thomas Hickey answered fans questions during a Twitter Q and A on Tuesday with topics ranging from hockey to food to other sports. If you missed it in real time, NewYorkIslanders.com has you covered. Enjoy Hicks' Q and A below.