Greiss Starts: Thomas Greiss gets the start in net for the Islanders against the Sharks. The Islanders goalie spent four seasons in San Jose, going 17-16-3. Greiss is 3-1-2 this season for the Islanders.
Capuano: Both guys have been playing really well – even Berube in Chicago. We have a long trip, a lot of travel, so for us it was a difficult decision. Jaroslav Halak has played well for us to. We have two guys that are paying well and have been consistent for us. It hasn’t been our goaltending that’s been an issue.
Jones Starts for San Jose: Martin Jones will start for the Sharks tonight. Jones is 6-5-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and two shutouts in his first season with San Jose.
Bailey In, Beck Out: After sitting out as a healthy scratch on Sunday, Josh Bailey draws back into the Islanders lineup for Taylor Beck.
Bailey: It’s nothing as a player that you want to have happen. I’ve been around quite a while now and I think I understand how to handle these things. You have your ups and downs and it’s how you respond to them and try to limit the down times as much as possible.
|BROCK NELSON ||JOHN TAVARES ||KYLE OKPOSO |
|ANDERS LEE ||FRANS NIELSEN ||JOSH BAILEY |
|NIKOLAY KULEMIN ||MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI ||STEVE BERNIER |
|MATT MARTIN ||CASEY CIZIKAS ||CAL CLUTTERBUCK |
Reigniting the Power Play: The Islanders' power play has run hot and cold this season, scoring in five consecutive games before mustering one goal in their last four. They’ve gone 1-for-11 over that span, including a 1-for-7 effort against the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
Capuano: When you watch good power plays they get pucks to the net. We were a team that was shooting pucks. Now all of the sudden we are trying to be too cute and make seam plays that aren’t there. Penalty killers are structured, but when shots are taken from the point there is no structure. It becomes an edge game and a battle game down low.