The Islanders return to Barclays Center on Thursday to face the Flyers, determined to put Tuesday’s 6-1 thumping at the hands of the Lightning behind them.
They’ll get back to action fully intact, still with three goaltenders and likely with just one change among the skaters, with rookie Anthony Beauvillier likely taking a seat after struggling the past two games, according to Jack Capuano.
But the team has not descended into panic or chaos after hitting a low point for the season on Tuesday.
“It was easily our worst game of the year from a lot of different standpoints,” said Andrew Ladd, still stuck on no goals and one assist through his first 10 games as an Islander. “You get ticked off at the way it went, a bit embarrassed by it and you just want to get the team trying to feel good about themselves again.”
Ladd bounced around to yet another new line in Wednesday’s practice, skating with Alan Quine and Jason Chimera. Capuano liked what he saw from the Shane Prince-John Tavares-Josh Bailey and Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Ryan Strome trios at the end of Tuesday’s loss, so Ladd’s line seemed a bit of a leftover grouping.
“I think it’s really a battle of keeping your confidence up,” Ladd said. “Not getting down and losing that confidence that makes you the player that you are. Thinking about scoring and getting points isn’t going to get me out of this. It’s the little details of the game that made me as successful as I have been. Try to prepare and do those every day and find a way out of it.”
Notes & quotes: Calvin de Haan faced no further discipline from the league for his interference major on the Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin early in Tuesday’s game, a penalty that set the Islanders on their course to an ugly defeat. “I’m not a dirty player, I think everyone knows that,” de Haan said. “I’ve never been suspended, I don’t think I was suspended from school either. I hope [Drouin] is OK, but I was a little surprised at the call.” . . . Jaroslav Halak had a net to himself in practice, usually an indicator that he will be the starter in the next game.