Coach Jack Capuano wasn’t happy with the effort from some of the
New York Islanders in their latest defeat.
The Colorado Avalanche are also dealing with growing frustration
during their longest skid of the young season.
The Islanders will try to beat the Avalanche for a fifth time in
a row in the only meeting of the season between these struggling
teams Thursday night.
New York (4-6-2) has been sputtering during a 1-5-2 stretch
after winning three in a row. The Islanders’ woes continued Monday
as they opened a three-game road trip by losing 6-2 at Boston.
They were outscored 3-0 in the third period, and Capuano felt
the effort was lacking from certain players.
“We just had some guys that didn’t show up. I’m not going to
name any names,” Capuano said. “We had a couple of lines that
played well. We had a couple of lines but not enough to sustain it
against a team like that.”
John Tavares, Michael Grabner and Matt Moulson may not be among
the players drawing Capuano’s ire after they combined for two goals
and three assists against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
New York, however, could use more consistency from Tavares, who
leads the team with eight goals and 13 points. Six of those tallies
and four assists came in a four-game stretch last month, and he has
two goals and one assist in six games since.
“Losing is not something we are happy with,” the Islanders’
alternate captain told the team’s official website. “It’s
unacceptable and we definitely feel going into every game that we
have a great opportunity to win and we can compete with any team in
That’s certainly been the case versus the Avalanche (7-7-1), as
the Islanders have won four consecutive meetings – including two in
Tavares had a goal in each of the two meetings last season,
including one with 1:08 left in overtime in a 4-3 win at Colorado
on Jan. 8.
The Avalanche are enduring their own tough stretch, going 2-6-1
following a promising five-game winning streak. Frustration
continues to mount as they’ve dropped four in a row after losing
5-2 at Detroit on Tuesday, falling behind 3-0 during the second
“I think we’re frustrated right now,” coach Joe Sacco said.
“Nothing we can do about it. We put ourselves in this
Offensive shortcomings have played a major role in Colorado’s
1-5-0 home record. The Avalanche have been outscored 15-4 in the
defeats while failing to score more than one goal in any of
Matt Duchene is trying to do his part, leading the team with 12
points while his five goals are tied with Milan Hejduk, David Jones
and Gabriel Landeskog.
Duchene has six points in his last three games, but four of them
– including a hat trick – came in Friday’s 7-6 overtime loss at
Dallas. He doesn’t have a point in three career games against the
Landeskog, the second overall pick in last summer’s draft, ended
a six-game goal drought Tuesday.