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Rick DiPietro gets third straight start, lines shuffled vs. Caps
Rick DiPietro had a little trouble with some soft-tossed pucks to the net in the third period of Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Jets, but he was otherwise solid in making 23 saves and gets his third consecutive start.
All three Isles goaltenders have now started 3 straight among the first 11 games, which has to be some sort of NHL mark.
Al Montoya will back up again and Evgeni Nabokov is still coming along, according to Jack Capuano.
Now, to the reconfigured lines for tonight's game with the 9-2-0 Caps:
Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Michael Grabner
Brian Rolston-Frans Nielsen-PA Parenteau
Blake Comeau-Marty Reasoner-Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin-Josh Bailey-Jay Pandolfo
"We've got some guys shooting pucks on net, guys driving to the net... We just haven't scored goals, so we had to do something," Capuano said. "It doesn't matter who you play with. You still have to do the little things."
Grabner ideally will create space for Tavares, who hasn't had room to operate the last few games. Nielsen and Rolston are more of a third-line duo than second line, so Parenteau will have to be solid on the forecheck, especially if that line is out against Alex Ovechkin.
Reasoner is as straightforward a center as there is, so Comeau and Okposo, two of the most snakebitten Isles forwards, will have to find room and work for greasy goals.
Bailey's minutes will obviously go down, but he simply hasn't produced, so it's hard to argue he deserves more of a shot, not less. He'll have to do what Reasoner did with this fourth line -- forecheck, win faceoffs and make the simple plays.
Come to think of it, that's what Capuano wants them all to do.