Doug Weight shuffled his lines and power-play personnel during Friday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville.
The Islanders coach said it was a response to the 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, which left a sour taste and snapped the Islanders three-game winning streak. Every line featured at least one new face on Friday, while he also made changes to two of his four defense pairs.
D-Pairs: Leddy-Boychuk, de Haan-Seidenberg, Hickey-Mayfield, Pelech-Pulock
Weight didn't commit to Friday's line combinations, but changes to the power play are abound after an 0-for-5 performance and two shorthanded goals allowed on Thursday. The Islanders power play is 2-for-33 this season with five shorthanded goals allowed.
"We have to find a way to get the job done," Josh Bailey said. Just plain and simple, we have to put pucks to the net, be better on our entries, our breakouts haven't been great and we haven't been retrieving pucks and getting more zone time out of it. Really when you add everything together, if we can find a way to do those things, we'll find a way to get more goals."
The Islanders went back to a one defenseman, four forward power play on Friday. Ryan Pulock was a notable addition to the second power-play unit, and Weight said he expects the defenseman to play on Saturday against the Predators after sitting out the past two games as a healthy scratch.
"It's quite obvious that we have to get the power play going a little bit," Weight said. "We've changed structure a couple of times and structure the changes the personnel as well. We need to get desperate. We need to get grittier and it's as simple as that."
FRIDAY'S POWER-PLAY UNITS:
PP1: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee, John Tavares
PP2: Ryan Pulock, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier