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New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

Flyers sign Colin McDonald


The Philadelphia Flyers added a depth forward today, signing Colin McDonald to a one-year, two-way contract.

From the press release:

McDonald, 30 (9/30/1984), comes to the Flyers from the New York Islanders organization, where he played the last three seasons.  He split the 2014-15 season between the Islanders and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  He recorded two goals and six assists for eight points in 18 NHL games, and posted 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 40 AHL games. 

McDonald has appeared in 140 career NHL games with the Islanders, Pittsburgh and Edmonton, during which time he has scored 18 goals and added 26 assists for 44 points.

Related: Isles place McDonald on waivers

Capuano says Isles ‘didn’t deserve’ Game 2, hints at lineup changes

New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

As the 1-1 series shifts to Long Island, both the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders fumed about a different game so far.

That might seem like a no-brainer with a loss apiece, but sometimes teams are happy with efforts and unhappy with results. The Islanders didn’t seem happy about the way they dropped a 4-3 loss tonight, and it sounds like head coach Jack Capuano is mulling over changes, as the New York Daily News’ Stephen C. Lorenzo reports.

“These are the tough decisions you have to make as a staff and now it comes down to personnel,” Capuano said. “We have to make sure we put the lineup in that’s going to help us win Game 3.”

The harshest comment from Capuano was “we didn’t deserve it.”

Here’s a list of the scratches from Game 2, excluding injured blueliner Travis Hamonic (who would be an obvious add-in):

Eric Boulton
Matt Donovan
Tyler Kennedy
Colin McDonald
Griffin Reinhart

That’s not an awful collection of players to insert into the lower level of the lineup. Playing armchair coach for a moment, one obvious scratch possibility would be Michael Grabner, who didn’t manage a single shot on goal and whose numbers look especially hideous when you consider “fancy stats.”

A swap or two might not change everything, yet with a switch to home ice in a rowdy old barn – and with a team that’s one game removed from leaving the Capitals worried about slow feet – the tenor of the situation could change quickly.

Going further, John Tavares didn’t seem too upset:

However they feel about the overall level of play, the Islanders had 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but go back home with the series tied.

Now Capuano’s key is to put his team in the best position possible to have the Capitals picking up the pieces next.

Isles place Grabner on IR, recall McDonald and Zolnierczyk

Michael Grabner

The New York Islanders placed Michael Grabner on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury Sunday and recalled Colin McDonald and Harry Zolnierczyk.

Grabner was a minus-1 and played nearly 10 minutes in the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Injuries have limited Grabner to just 18 games this season where he’s scored five goals and seven points.

Zolnierczyk has 14 goals and 36 points in 47 AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.

McDonald appeared in two games with the Islanders earlier this season, but failed to register a point. In 40 AHL games the forward has 14 goals and 35 points.

The Islanders are back in action tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.