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Capuano: ‘We’re in last place, so no one should be arguing’ about lineup changes

Jack Capuano

New York Islanders interim coach Jack Capuano talks to his players during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Uniondale, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)


The New York Islanders are changing things up for tonight’s date in Detroit, which promoted head coach Jack Capuano to say the following:

Capuano on lineup: “Listen, we’re in last place so no one should be arguing about who’s in and who’s out at this particular time.”

— Mark Herrmann (@markpherrmann) December 23, 2013

That quote came after Capuano announced he was dropping Eric Boulton from the fourth line and replacing him with Colin McDonald, who hasn’t played since Dec. 12 (McDonald received 12 minutes in a 6-3 loss to Phoenix that night, and finished minus-2).

On the blueline, Aaron Ness will draw in while Matt Carkner will sit. Ness has been parked for a while as well, having last played in a 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Dec. 17.

The Isles have lost four of five and are coming off a 5-3 home defeat to Anaheim on Saturday -- a game in which they held a 3-1 lead going into the third period, before the Ducks rattled off four unanswered goals in the final frame.

New York currently sits last in the Metropolitan Division, with 27 points, and six points clear of cellar-dwellers Buffalo for bottom spot in the Eastern Conference.