Heading into tonight’s game against the San José Sharks, I just wanted to bring up a few thoughts as the season gets longer and we start to see the team materialize so fans have an idea of what to expect in the upcoming games.
Josh Bailey looks different this year and that’s a good thing. Bailey played in over 23 minutes against Anaheim and was not a detriment on the ice. I noticed it in preseason and he looks good so far, but what I need to see out of Josh is a full season of this new determination and not a 5-7 game streak.
I still feel the goaltending is good, but I’ll be critical of Jaro Halak because his last game should’ve been a shutout. He and the defense need to communicate to figure out when the defense should get involved in blocking a shot or letting clearing a path so he can clearly see the puck and make the save. Having said that, he should be in net tonight against the Sharks.
I don’t think both rookies will be here for their entire nine game initiation. If the Isles continue to win, they may stay. I’m definitely not counting on both staying the entire season. The Isles can’t run 6 defenseman all year either.
The Islanders PK unit is just under 93% for the short year. It would be helpful if they limited the amount of penalties they took.
I don’t know about you, but I liked Jason Chimera with Anders Lee and Brock Nelson. If Bailey can continue to play the way he has, I’m liking the chemistry on 3 out of the 4 forward lines.
Brock Nelson has been good at the beginning of the season, again, but Cal Clutterbuck has been the best player for the Islanders so far this young season.
The Isles power-play needs a good streak during this home stretch. If they can do that, the Islanders could separate themselves from the pack of bubble teams.
Finally, the Islanders are playing 5 of their next 6 games at home. Nothing wrong ending the month of October winning at home to gain momentum into November.
It seems the Islanders are coming together. Will it result in wins? Did I miss anything? Your thoughts are always appreciated.