Just a few thoughts:
The Isles are now 2-2 without Ryan Strome. Still a good idea sending him down? I say more games played by the Isles will decide this.
Frans Nielsen has seven goals already this season. Read that again. It’s November 15th, roughly five weeks after the season has started and he already has seven. He usually doesn’t get seven until around Christmas time. Someone is playing for a contract because he’s on pace for 32!
Brock Nelson has come around and is now on pace for 28 goals. It does wonders to a players confidence when you’re put on the top line.
The powerplay is now a power outage once again. They’re now out of the top 10 and in the middle of the pack. Just look at the 5 on 3’s. The penalty kill is still in the top 5 in the League.
After looking at the point pace standings the Isles sit at 96 points, tied for 5th in the conference with Pittsburgh and the Senators.
Should Jack Capuano be fired? Not this week. However a loss to Arizona at home will not sit well, especially when the Isles have back to back games against Montreal coming up.
Should the Isles make any trades to improve the club? No, not at this moment. It appears that the Islanders finally have three lines that have chemistry. What needs to be seen is the scoring production of Travis Hamonic and Nick Leddy on the defensive side and watch other forwards numbers improve.
The Islanders are on pace for 247 goals to finish the season, but Thomas Hickey has 2 goals in his first 4 games, so that result is a little skewed. It’s closer to 225 and as I have said, if the powerplay comes alive again and the Islanders can ride this new line of Lee-Nielsen-Bailey to go along with some offensive numbers from defenseman not named Boychuk, the Islanders should return to that 100 point form fairly soon. Hickey returning soon may also be a positive impact.
The Isles have games against Arizona, two against Montreal, Philadelphia, two struggling Florida teams and the Colorado Avalanche to close out November. Going 4-2-1 is not out of the question, but 5-1-1 will be the expectation.