RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got back to work on Wednesday, trying to erase the bad memories of the second period in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Caps in Washington.
“For me, it was the first time all year I didn’t think we channeled our energy the right way,” Jack Capuano said. “There was a lot of frustration on the bench and I thought it carried over in that period.”
The Isles gave up five goals, three on the power play, in the second.
“We’re a good enough team where we should all be really frustrated when we’re down two goals, to any team,” Frans Nielsen said. “We should be angry. I think it’s not good we lost that game, obviously, but it’s a good thing when guys are (upset). We know we’re better than that.”
The Isles may be in another bad spot with injuries. Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) and Matt Donovan (hip) sat out Wednesday’s practice. The Isles will summon a defenseman from Bridgeport for Thursday’s game here with the Hurricanes, most likely Aaron Ness.
Ness is 1-3-4 in nine games with the Sound Tigers, who have struggled with a young, inexperienced defense. Ness, 23, is in his fourth season in the organization and played nine games with the Isles in 2011-12.
If Clutterbuck is out, that is less of a blow with Colin McDonald ready to return after missing five games with a hip injury.
For what it’s worth, Evgeni Nabokov stayed on the ice for a few minutes after practice, doing some extra work with the assistant coaches. A small sign that Kevin Poulin likely gets the call on Thursday.