Jack Capuano tossed in a little wrinkle to his usual gameday banter, saying the Islanders “have to play almost a perfect game” to beat the Penguins.
“We make one mistake and it’s in the back of our net. They make three or four mistakes and we may still not score,” Capuano said. “I guess I’m not saying perfect, but we have to be close to perfect to be successful.”
Capuano may be exaggerating for effect, given the last two games of the series have been tight as can be. The coach has also grown tired of questions about whether the Islanders have earned respect after grabbing their first playoff berth in six seasons.
“I don’t think we’ve used [being an underdog] as a rallying point,” he said. “From day one, we believed this was a playoff team... Everyone else didn’t give us a shot to be here.”
As for the details for Tuesday night’s Game 4, it appears Capuano will stick with the same 18 skaters, judging by which Islanders stayed on for extra work after an optional morning skate.
So it will be Matt Carkner staying in on defense, David Ullstrom staying in among the forwards and Evgeni Nabokov, who has allowed 13 goals in three games, back in net.