Capuano calls out Strome, Nelson and Bailey

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Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, and Josh Bailey.

Those were the three names that were named today by Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

“We need Strome to be better. We need Brock to be better. We need Bailey to be better. We need guys to be better if we’re going to have any chance at all,” Capuano said, per the Daily News.

And just to make it clear, the coach added, “The guys mentioned need to pick their pick their s—t up and start playing.”

The Isles host Tampa Bay tonight. They were throttled, 5-0, on Saturday by Pittsburgh.

With just four wins in their last 10 and the playoffs starting next week, it’s no wonder Capuano is sounding worried. Only two of those four wins came in regulation, and they were over non-playoff sides Ottawa and Columbus.

New York is also dealing with key injuries to Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski and Travis Hamonic, making it even more necessary for others to step up.

“The video doesn’t lie,” said Capuano. “It doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s, it doesn’t come down to systems. It comes down to how hard you want to compete.”