With the Islanders looking to snap a four-game losing streak, Jack Capuano is turning to JF Berube in goal.
Berube is 1-1-1 this season, most recently coming off a 33-save, 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 15. In his last two starts, the 26-year-old rookie has stopped 73-of-77 shots
“We need to try and get a win here,” Capuano said. “[Berube] played well obviously in Pittsburgh. Thomas [Greiss] has been good for us, but he’s played a lot of hockey. Both guys were going to play, we knew that going forward, we have a lot of hockey coming up here. It’s a good time to get him back in there.”
After missing two straight games, Ryan Pulock draws back in for the Islanders and will skate in a pairing with Thomas Hickey. Pulock scored his first-career NHL goal – against the Nashville Predators – in his most recent outing.
At forward, Capuano is keeping his lines together from Monday’s game in Philadelphia, a vote of confidence in his lineup.
“We need other guys to pick it up, but as a coach, you have to keep encouraging these young guys and give them the confidence,” Capuano said. “They are struggling, there’s no question, but when you face adversity, it challenges you and hopefully they can snap out of it.”
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