Coach Jack Capuano, now 1-4 since replacing Scott Gordon, refused to speculate on his future with the team. He has the interim tag but if he can turn around the team, might he be retained for next season?
"I really never thought of that," he said. "[GM] Garth [Snow] and [owner Charles] Wang have given me an opportunity to come in under sudden circumstances, obviously, and my goal right now is to stay focused and try to get this team back on the winning track. As far as myself, I really don’t look ahead at the possibilities."
Capuano gave the team some time off after beating New Jersey on Friday. The victory stopped a 14-game losing streak. "They’re good kids, they understand losing is not fun," he said. "I think mentally and physically it took a toll. Since I’ve been here, the mood has been good. I have no problem with their focus or preparation."
On the injury front, Jack Hillen (concussion) and Andrew McDonald (hand) are not likely to play Thursday against the Rangers. "McDonald still has to see a doctor," Capuano said. "It is still unclear right now where both of them stand."
Captain Doug Weight (back spasms) remains day-to-day. Milan Jurcina (hamstring) is still four to six weeks away. There is no timetable for Kyle Okposo, who had pre-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.