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“I thought we played a pretty solid game, but they got a lucky bounce to go up 2-1,” Okposo said. “It happens sometimes, but we need to do more to win.”
“I felt like we were throwing lots of pucks at the net, but these Western teams don’t give up much.” Travis Hamonic said. “I think we had enough chances to score enough goals to win this game, but as a group, collectively, we didn’t.”
“We have to find a way to score,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “You can’t score one goal and think you’re going to win a hockey game.”
My take: Despite being shut out by the Avalanche the game before and only scoring 1 goal against the Sharks, the Islanders still have a 3.18 goals for average. The Islanders have scored 36 goals so far this season, but 9 have come from the power play and 1 short handed. That’s 10 goals from special teams. So at 5 on 5 the Islanders are averaging 2.36 goals a game. That’s not enough to win any amount of games short or long term. Go a step further, Frans Nielsen has four goals this year, but scored three of them in one game. Brock Nelson has 12 points in 11 games, but has gone for zero points in three out of his last five. Same thing with Islanders captain John Tavares. Should it be expected of them to put up points every night? No. You need to be complimented from the players who do not get the power-play time.
Here are a few players who have yet to score ONE goal: Strome, Cizikas, Martin, Strait, de Haan (8 games played, little slack for that). I Don’t expect Strait to score until January anyways while the others should have at least one goal after 11 games. If there was one positive from last night, it was the play of goalie Jaroslav Halak. Put him next against the Ducks and roll with a good thing.
So after 11 games what do Isles fans see? A team that wins when scoring on the powerplay and not much 5 on 5. A defense that finally got together and healthy after the 11th game and inconsistent goaltending. Key word here: INCONSISTENT!!! Coaches fault? Perhaps. However, the Isles still remain a game over the NHL .500 mark and you still have players who need to contribute on the goal box score. I think the coach gets all of November and maybe more to right the ship. It will be a different and positive story when Josh Bailey and Michael Grabner return from their injuries. For now, the next stop is against the Ducks.