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Jack Capuano | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (48) / 7/7/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210

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Jack Capuano was not pleased with the game his New York Islanders played in Game 2.
The Islanders had a 3-1 lead late in the second period in Washington after already winning Game 1, when things fell apart, leading to a 4-3 Capitals win. "We had chances to shoot pucks," Capuano said. "We didn’t, and we didn’t deserve it. We had 13-15 shots after two periods and that’s not going to get it done, even when we had the lead. You’ve got to make the goalie work." Capuano suggested there may be some changes for Game 3 so do not be surprised if that happens. Apr 18 - 8:04 AM

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Islanders coach Jack Capuano doesn't mind going into the first round series versus Washington as the underdogs.

"Everybody is picking Washington," Capuano said. "I like being the underdog . . . know. They look at the brackets and the people on TV -- the TV's running every morning seeing who they're picking. For us, we might be the underdog, but I'm stressing how good of a team they are. We finished with 101 points for a reason." In the war of words between games, coaches tend to put a fair amount of effort into portraying themselves as the underdogs wherever possible. Capuano is right about a lot of people picking Washington to win this series, but the gap between the Capitals and Islanders isn't big and it's not hard to envision either club winning this series.
Apr 15 - 9:44 AM

The New York Islanders have officially secured a postseason berth.

That's thanks to the Florida Panthers beating the Boston Bruins on Thursday. This will be the Islanders' second playoff appearance in three years and another chance to win a playoff series for the first time since 1993. Before that happens though, the Islanders will play against Pittsburgh on Friday. New York is still competing for playoff positioning while the Penguins are simply fighting to make the playoffs.
Apr 10 - 10:59 AM

The New York Islanders are 5-6-4 since the end of February.

The New Yorkers are currently in fifth in the East with 98 points and need just two more points to clinch a playoff spot after having the fifth worst record in the NHL last season. They take on the Flyers on Tuesday and a win or an Ottawa loss in regulation will clinch a spot.
Apr 6 - 7:45 AM

The New York Islanders are getting ready for a key four-game homestand.

The Islanders have gone 3-5-2 over their last 10 contests, which has all-but killed their chances of winning the Metropolitan Division title. At this point their primary concern is battling with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second seed in the division and the first round home-ice advantage that comes with it. Beyond that, they would just like to have some momentum going into the playoffs. The Islanders will start the four-game stint against Minnesota on Tuesday.
Mar 24 - 11:15 AM

Jack Capuano is just two games away from the 300-mark.

Capuano's tenure with the Islanders has been a mixed bag, but after some offseason upgrades and with some of their young players stepping up, New York has been superb this season with a 15-6-0 record. That's brought Capuano's career record to 133-126-39. "You know what I'm gonna say: It's not about me, it never has been," Capuano said. "It's always about the guys in the room. I've tried to keep the same message from day one here."
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 09:23:00 AM

The New York Islanders have allowed an average of 3.54 goals per game in 2014-15.

That puts them in 29th place in that category and it's even worse than the 3.18 goals per contest they allowed last season. That's discouraging given that they made a series of moves to upgrade their defense and goaltending. "The numbers don't mean [expletive] right now to us," Jack Capuano argued. "Our D-zone coverage is night and day compared to last year. Night and day. It's not even close when you look at the video." There are cases where you can argue that certain statistics don't matter or are misleading, but that's hard to buy when the number in question is goals. Capuano's point is more that the Islanders' recent three-game losing streak isn't the result of poor play. Either way, the Islanders will try to stop the bleeding on Wednesday.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 10:52:00 AM

The New York Islanders were sold for a reported $485 million according to a Forbes website.

There has been no confirmation of this figure from the team as a team spokesman refused to comment. If true, this is great news for NHL franchise owners as both the Islanders and Coyotes, two of the weaker franchises, have sold for well above perceived value in the last couple of months.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 08:04:00 AM

The sale of the New York Islanders has been approved by the NHL Board of Governors.

The deal isn't finalized yet, but it's certainly heading in that direction. If all goes as planned, Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin will be purchasing a minority stake in the team for now and then assume control from current owner Charles Wang in two years. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman didn't have a problem with the two-year delay before power is fully transferred, noting that it "provides an orderly transition, which was important to Charles."
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 08:45:00 AM

Coach Jack Capuano is stressing the importance of defense at training camp for the New York Islanders.

The Islanders were one of the worst defensive teams last season as they gave up 267 goals which was third worst as only the Oilers and Panthers gave up more. But Capuano saw some success in the last 20 games last season as they played a lot better in their own end. "I think we just got smarter in the end five-on-five," Frans Nielsen said. "We tried to be aggressive down low, but other than that, we always had guys in front of the net, more guys in the shooting lane. Not as many pucks got through from the points. By doing that, we had more guys in front of the net to clear rebounds, so they didn't get any of those easy rebound goals. As soon as the puck came to the net, everybody was more compact." It should be interesting this season as the Islanders will be young on the blueline but have Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson taking over between the pipes.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 08:29:00 AM

John Spano, who was previously jailed for wire and bank fraud as a result of his attempt to own the New York Islanders, has been indicted for theft and forgery.

Spano got approval from the NHL board of governors to buy the Islanders from John Pickett for $165 million, but documents quickly emerged that cast doubt on the validity of his financial situation. He eventually admitted that he lied in order to obtain a $80 million loan to purchase the team and was sentenced to 71 months in prison. Spano was then sentenced to an additional 51 months in prison less than a decade later as a result of another fraud case.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 06:15:00 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman likes the new prospective owners of the New York Islanders

Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin have agreed to take a minority stake in the Islanders with both taking majority control in two years. "We're going through the franchise transfer process, so it would be premature and inappropriate for me to comment on it until we complete that process," Bettman said. "Personally I like them and find them engaging, but ultimately it's a decision that gets made by the Board of Governors."
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 07:46:00 AM

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals, and investor Scott Malki will take majority control of the team in two years. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement. The NHL's Board of Governors still has to approve the deal.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 04:29:00 PM

A lawsuit was filed against New York Islanders owner Charles Wang on Monday, claiming he backed out of an agreement to sell the team.

The lawsuit claimed that NY ICE had completed all requirements for the sale, but "Wang was having seller's remorse because he believed he had agreed to sell the Islanders for a price too low." Wang agreed to sell the franchise to NY ICE in March for $420 million before he boosted the price in June to $548 million. According to the suit, the Pennsylvania group is asking the court to force Wang to sell them the team under the original terms or award a "breakup fee" of $10 million plus other damages. A New York Islanders spokesman said "the reports have no merit" when asked about the allegations made in the lawsuit.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 10:38:00 AM

The New York Islanders reportedly made competitive offers to Brad Richards, Thomas Vanek, Jarome Iginla, and Dan Boyle, but all of them chose to sign elsewhere.

In the case of Vanek and Richards, they likely left quite a bit of money on the table to play for Minnesota and Chicago respectively. The Islanders have been largely unable to lure top-tier free agents for years and that's not likely to change until they have a couple competitive seasons under their belt.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Brock Nelson
4Eric Boulton
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Josh Bailey
3Tyler Kennedy
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Cal Clutterbuck
6Colin McDonald
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Griffin Reinhart
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Michal Neuvirth