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Jack Capuano Tweaks Islanders Lines

By Chris Triantafilis

Jack Capuano has only had a small five-game sample size to work with, but it’s already becoming evident that he is losing patience with his New York Islanders offense.For the second straight morning, Capuano juggled his lines after his team produced close to nothing on the Isles’ first road trip of the season. The lines from this morning looked as follows:

  • Grabner-Tavares-Okposo,
  • Nelson/Bouchard-Nielsen-Bailey
  • Moulson-Regin-Clutterbuck
  • Martin/Boulton-Cizikas-McDonald

Arthur Staple reported that Brock Nelson will be the odd-man out for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

So, what’s different?

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Most notably, Matt Moulson, a staple on John Tavares’ wing for the past four seasons, has been moved off the top-line to the third-line. Moulson, a three-time 30-goal scorer, has scored only 1 goal (his only point) through the season’s first five games.

Moving up is Michael Grabner, who currently holds the Islanders’ lead in points this season (7). Grabner seems to have added a playmaking touch to his game. With five assists in October, Grabs has already matched his season-total from all of the 2013 season.

The only other noticeable difference is Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s placement on the team’s second line. In place of Grabner, Bouchard will have the opportunity to live up to his billing as a top-six forward next to Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey, the teams No. 3 and No. 4 scorers thus far.

As for any judgments or reactions: save them for after the game. The switches could benefit the team, or it could be back to the drawing board on Wednesday morning.

The Islanders head coach has been disappointed with his offensive unit dating back to April of the 2013 season, where he was consistently forced to make in-game switches to his line-up.

What are your thoughts on Jack Capuano’s decision to scramble the New York Islanders’ lines? Sound off in the comments’ section below!