The Islanders proved this week they are a good hockey team, they may not be in a playoff spot but if they continue the way they played this week they will be closer to a playoff position. I don’t have a lot of time and will write a big article over christmas break so I will be brief.
Record this week 2-1
4-2W vs Rangers 3-2W vs St Louis 2-6L vs Columbus
I will list positives and negatives below from this week
Anders Lee: Lee is now out of his slump and producing at a high rate again. Lee has been a big reason the Isles are playing well and beat 2 of the top teams in the league in St. Louis and The Rangers.
Special teams: The PK is 13th in the league at 83 percent on the kill. The Power Play is still last in the league but the Islanders scored 2 power play goals the last 3 games.
Primary scoring: The top line has been good recently. Every good team has a solid top line, this top line has been solid. If the success rate continues on this top line the Islanders will be play off bound.
Ryan Strome: Possibly the reason Strome has not been producing was because he had the flu. I don’t know if Capuano read my last article but i think he listened to me when I said put Ladd and Strome together. It payed off for Ladd because he has been better recently and could turn the corner any day like Lee did and possibly motivate Strome to do better. Hopefully Strome has not been playing well because he had the Flu we saw this last year with John Tavares.
Faceoffs: All 3 games this week the Isles have been below 50% on faceoffs. More faceoff practice is required.
3rd period vs Columbus: besides the 3rd period in Columbus the Islanders had a fantastic week. In the third period they gave up 3 goals and were out played. Columbus has broken out scoring many goals before (cough cough 10-0 vs Montreal) but the Islanders cannot let a 3rd period or game like that happen again.
Overall this was a good week and the Islanders can become a playoff contender again if they continue their strong play from this week.