This game will have a little more “Weight” to it when the New York Islanders host the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at the Barclays Center. The Islanders will play their first game under a new head coach for the first time in six years.
- New York Islanders (17-17-8, 42pts)
- Dallas Stars (19-19-8, 46pts)
- Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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A new era beginsIn the wake of the firing of head coach Jack Capuano, the Islanders will hit the ice under a new bench boss in Doug Weight.
Weight’s transition has been a quick one, having seen Capuano fired on Tuesday and now the Islanders have had about 48 hours to adjust before today’s game.
Strome and de Haan drop the gloves during a drill. Not much fighting, but a few hard slashes before.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 18, 2017
The Islanders players have not been adamant about the change. Despite bearing the guilt for the firing of their former coach, the players know there is a job to be done.
Since Weight has taken over, things have gotten visibly chipper during practices. Those who know Weight as a player will see how he is beginning to affect the team as a whole. If everything goes as planned, the Islanders will play a very high-intensity kind of game the rest of the season.
Ladd and Clutterbuck are both on the ice for morning skate this AM, but are still day-to-day. #Isles
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 19, 2017
Travis Hamonic has been listed as week-to-week as well with a knee injury.
Weight: Boychuk day-to-day (upper body), Mayfield in tonight. Rest of the lineup is the same from Monday #Isles
— Cory Wright (@WrightsWay) January 19, 2017
Additionally, Johnny Boychuk (who is celebrating his 33rd birthday today!) is listed as day-to-day. Scott Mayfield will take his place in the lineup. Not the most ideal way to celebrate, but happy birthday, Mr. Boychuk!
The rest of the Islanders lineup will remain the same as it has been. Meaning Thomas Greiss will indeed receive his seventh straight start.
Greiss is repeating his career numbers from last season, posting a .925 save percentage and a 2.41 GAA through 21 games so far this season.