SUNRISE, Fla. — Islanders coach Jack Capuano is going back to Thomas Greiss for Game 2 on Friday night, the first time this season that an Islanders goaltender will play on consecutive nights.
“I know how he battles, how well-conditoned he is — to me he’s one of the top-conditioned goalies I’ve been around,” Capuano said. “Seeing where he’s at on and off the ice we thought it was a good decision to put him back in there.”
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Capuano hinted at some possible changes among his skaters, but the extras who were on the ice Friday morning for work were the same four healthy scratches from Thursday night: forwards Eric Boulton and Steve Bernier and defensemen Adam Pelech and Marek Zidlicky. Goaltenders J-F Berube and Christopher Gibson were also on the ice.
So that would mean Capuano sticks with the same skaters from a Game 1 in which his team was outshot 46-26 and out-attempted 77-42.
The players who spoke Friday morning were in agreement that a Game 1 win does not excuse the poor forechecking and poor gap control in the defensive zone that plagued the Islanders all night.
“We play seven of those,” Thomas Hickey said, “and we’ll lose four for sure. So I think we know what we need to address.”
Isles add two: The Islanders added two draft picks to the fold Friday. Michael Dal Colle, the fifth pick of the 2014 draft, joined Bridgeport and will make his pro debut this weekend, the final three games of the regular season in the AHL. Dal Colle’s Kingston team in the Ontario League was eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday.
And 2014 fourth-rounder Devon Toews signed a pro deal out of Quinnipiac, which lost in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament last week. Toews, a defenseman, had 30 points for Quinnipiac in his junior season. He will finish the school year before joining a team, so the Sound Tigers would need to still be in the postseason for Toews to play at all this year.