After last night's game vs. Tampa Bay, several players talked about some sloppiness that came with making the adjustment from one system to the other with only two days of practice to earn.
New interim head coach Jack Capuano now has two more days of practice to prepare his team and work out some kinks before the team's next contest against Florida at Nassau Coliseum Saturday.
"It's tough after a game to give a true analysis, but after watching we only gave up a couple of odd-man rushes and we did a lot of good things, actually," he said. "We had a few breakdowns and we have to realize that even five seconds unaware can cost you. But I was happy with the emotion on the bench and the attitude."
Among the things he'd like to see improve before Saturday's game?
More puck awareness, a willingness to block shots. and less hesitation to let them rip on the other end.
Capuano said he's still in the feeling-out process in terms of personnel, so guys might receive "a few mulligans" for now. But not for long.
"We have to use the strength of our bench," Capuano said. "We can't come to play with 14 or 15 guys, we have to have all 20. We can't have any passengers."
--Doug Weight, Zenon Konopka and Radek Martinek were all given the day off rest
--The Rick DiPietro hand scare yesterday seems to be unwarranted; DiPietro practiced this morning and seemed fine