The Islanders are expecting forward Colin McDonald back in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Hurricanes in Carolina, and he couldn’t be welcomed any sooner.
After Tuesday night’s disheartening 6-2 loss to the Capitals at the Verizon Center, coach Jack Capuano was rather pointed about shaking up his lineup and how that could positively affect his team moving into the second leg of this four-game road trip.
“We have some options as far as the forwards go,” said Capuano, who before the game all but guaranteed McDonald’s reinsertion after now missing five straight with a left-hip injury. “We have to figure out the combinations that we think are going to generate.”
The Islanders (6-6-3) were quite a letdown after taking a weekend sweep over two good teams in the Senators and Bruins. Yet the Capitals (8-7-0) scored four power-play goals, which Capuano said was the reason his team lost.
But he also pointed to his offense not generating enough, especially the line of Frans Ne...