NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders hope Thursday night represents not just the start of a six-game homestand, but also the start of a new era.
The Islanders will play their first game under interim head coach Doug Weight on Thursday night, when they host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center. New York won its final game under Jack Capuano on Monday, when it blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0, while Dallas is coming off a wild 7-6 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
Capuano was fired Tuesday, and while the timing of the dismissal might have been a bit of a surprise following one of the Islanders' most thorough wins of the season, the dropping of the ax has felt inevitable for months as New York (17-17-8) fell to the bottom of the Eastern Conference in frustrating fashion.
The Islanders, who reached the playoffs in three of the last four seasons under Capuano and advanced to the second round of the playoffs last spring for the first time since 1993, have lost 19 games this season in which they were either tied or leading in the third period. In addition, New York has suffered seven losses in which it gave up the tying or go-ahead goal in the final four minutes of regulation.
"There's obviously games that we wish we had back during the course of the season," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said on a conference call Tuesday. "Whether it's a special teams goal, whether it's a bad goal, whether it's a deflection (or) a turnover, an offensive scoring chance that goes off the crossbar and not in the net. Just been a different season that's unfolded compared to the last two years.
"So, you know what, we need to turn the around. Really have a lot of confidence in our coaching staff and our players and (it) starts with our next game Thursday." << Read more...
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