The Islanders kept up with the Canadiens and battled their way to a 6-3 victory, their second win in as many games at home. A more balanced attack by Capuano and Co. led to fresh legs that were able to keep up with the speedy Canadiens. The Islanders offense is scoring at a rate that keeps them in the tops in the league, possibly something that Montreal didn't consider and the Habs may have taken the Isles lightly. The Isles win moves them closer to a playoff spot as we approach the halfway mark of the season.
There are 5 reasons that the Islanders won this game:
1.They played in the dirty areas and won the battles.
2.They blocked 18 shots.
3.They out-hit the Habs 25-17
4.They took advantage of the PP
5.Capuano kept an ailing Tavares fresh (19:53 TOI)
This was an even game that featured no brutal collapses on either side and provided much entertainment for the viewers.
I still don’t understand the lack of support that this franchise gets at home. This is a team two points out of a playoff spot after last night’s win and only 9,458 people showed up to the game. That’s a disgusting figure and for those of you in New York who never go to games, and can afford it, shame on you. You’re the reason this team is floated in re-location conversations. The Islanders boast the worst home attendance in the entire NHL.
Here are some quick notes:
The Islanders are hosting the New York Rangers tomorrow night in a pivotal match-up between two teams searching for the 8th playoff spot midway through the season. The Rangers haven’t been themselves this season and have split the season series 1-1 so far with the Islanders, so this is a game that could extend the win streak.
Lubomir Visnovsky will be out of the lineup again for personal reasons against the Blueshirts so Radek Martinek and Joe Finley will once again see the ice.
Matt Martin was the 5th highest forward in ice-time in the Montreal game and rewarded himself with 6 hits and a two point effort. Martin is an underrated part of this roster, he’s the only player that consistently throws his body around every night. After Cizikas dumped Galchenyuk into the bench it was Martin who plastered Brian Gionta into the boards to give the Islanders some life.
Evgeni Nabokov will most likely get the start for the Islanders and you have to assume that will be the case every time there are days off between games.
Even if the Islanders stay around the 8th seed as we get further into March, don’t expect them to be buyers at the deadline. This is not a team that is ready to compete for a Cup even if they get into the post-season. I’m willing to bet that Streit and Visnovsky may find new homes at the deadline and Kyle Okposo could be headed out as well.
Still working on my offseason look, it will be ready for the press on Friday, so make sure you come check it out and throw criticism at me whether it’s good or bad. Thanks for reading, you can find me on twitter @chiassontb