The Islanders had some bright spots last night, but unfortunately for them, they were not that bright, as they fell to the Hurricanes 4-2 last night at the NVMC.
Three power play goals were scored against the home team, mostly due to some inefficiencies on the back line. Jaro Halak played the entire game and made some strong saves, but as you would expect from a pre-season venture, there were a lot of penalty calls. The ones that went against the Orange and Blue hurt the most.
Casey Cizikas scored on a short handed tally, just seconds after the Canes made it 3-0. Ryan Strome would add one with just under a 90 seconds left in the contest.
1. TJ Brennan – I believe that he had a strong game last night. He moves the puck quite well, and seems to be comfortable in his own skin. He made a gaffe in the third period, and he redeemed himself by making some strong hits, and displaying some physicality. Watch my prediction – he will be a gem this season.
2. JT and Okie – although they did not score, their chemistry has not diminished since their great play last season. To me, it is just like a golfer who is getting on the course after not playing for the winter. He is not making the great shots, but you can see that the talent is prevalent. When they get going, watch out.
3. Grabo (as opposed to Grabby) – wow, can this guy skate! He is so fluid, and effortless out there. You can see that he is a guy that tries to get the puck to the playmaker. I know that Cappy is going to probably have him with his somewhat compatriot in Nikolay Kulemin, but this trio could be deadly.
Items for Opportunity:
1. Power Play – I know that this is only a week into the preseason, but Doug Weight needs to get these guys off the ‘cute and highlight reel mode’ and get into simplistic plays. The KISS method always works.
2. PK – Three goals allowed, enough said
Friday is Brooklyn day! I am not going but I hope that they score a goal there. I would like to hear the reaction of a goal at the Barclay’s.
The Isles play in Jersey next week, and have Boston at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport to end the preseason. Then, the big decisions come out…