Usually, Jack Capuano alternates goalies in a back-to-back situation, but that’s not the case on Friday, as Thomas Greiss
will start in goal for a second straight night.
Greiss made 42 saves in his postseason debut, a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 1, and Capuano had no qualms about starting him again in Game 2. The coach cited the goalie’s conditioning and work ethic as reasons he was comfortable with going back to the 30-year-old German.
“He’s one of the top-conditioned goalies that I’ve been around, the way he works and takes care of himself,” Capuano said. “After talking to Mike Dunham, our goalie coach, and seeing where he’s at and the way that he’s playing - he saw the puck real well last night - we thought that it’d be a good decision to put him back in there tonight.”
Capuano actually likes playing back-to-back games, and says he’d prefer to play every day rather than have long layoffs. He said his team is well-conditioned, so consecutive games shouldn’t faze them and in the regular season it hasn’t, as the Islanders are 9-3-3 in the second half of back-to-backs.
“I’ve always liked it. We’re a better team when we don’t sit around and wait,” Capuano said. “We want to get right back in there. I think our guys are comfortable with that. I think we prepare them for that. I always make sure we’re one of the best conditioned teams in the league. I think there’s believability and confidence that we can play back to back nights, no matter how many minutes guys want to play. Hopefully that will carry into the playoffs for us.”
The Islanders will announce any changes to the lineup closer to game time, but Capuano said not to expect many changes after Thursday’s win.