It's frustrating. Two periods into a matchup with the Bruins and I can't take it anymore. Just put the puck in the net already!!
This offensive struggle has the Isles on the verge of losing 3 out of their last 4
and continue to slip in the standings.
This day last season the Isles were 14-9-3 (31 Points in 26 games). Viktor Kozlov netted 4 as the Isles beat the Rangers 7-4 on 12/3/2006.
Unless the Isles put in at least two this period, they will be 13-11-1 (27 Points in 25 games).
Where is the offense?
In the first two games of the season the Isles beat Buffalo at a home and home by a combined score of 9-6. Nine Goals!! Mike Comrie
had four of them.
Not counting tonight's game against Boston (in which the Isles are currently scoreless) they have 9 combined goals in their last 5 games
(will be 6 if Thomas holds his shutout).
Excluding the current game in progress and the first two games of the season, the Isles are averaging a little over two goals a game.
Excluding the current game in progress and the first two games of the season, Mike Comrie
is averaging a goal every 5.5 games. That pace of a hair under 15 goals a season does not bode well for the Islanders current scoring drought. Factor in his -10, and Hilary Duff
is pretty much the only positive thing Comrie brings to the team's games these days.
is pointless since a goal against Tampa Bay on November 1st. Ruslan Fedotenko
had 5 points
in the first two games. You can count his point total in the last month on one hand. We all remember when Miroslav Satan
capped a memorable back to back to back game performance in which he had the game winning goal in all three contests (four total). Today marks the one month anniversary of Al Arbour Night
which started that chain. Since Satan's streak ended, he's had two goals.
These are all key parts of the Islanders' offense that need
to produce in order for the Islanders to win games consistently.
It's a slump, sure. Not necessary to push the panic button and pull the trigger on a massive trade just yet. The parts are obviously there, as it showed early on the season. Jonathan Sim
and Daryl Bootland
the reason we picked up those early points. In fact, Jeff Tambellini
and Chris Simon
are upgrades in my opinion.
It comes down to Ted Nolan
. Once again, we need that Nolan magic working.Over the past few games, I don't think I've seen a more "disappointment" in Ted Nolan than his facial expression has displayed the last couple games.
The team needs to get back to fundamentals. A two-way game will better their current one-way game. I would argue that the one-way is defensively, and even that has been lame since they just gave up the third goal to the Bruins, and gave up four to Atlanta. They're working hard... it's just not working right... What it comes down to is that they need to just put the puck in the net already!!
Coincidentally, as I write that, Chris Campoli puts one past Tim Thomas.
Quick hits as tonight's game winds down:
showed a strong presence early on, out muscling Dennis Wideman to a puck on a dump and chase. However, since then, he has become seemingly transparent.
-The line consisting of Ruslan Fedotenko
, Josef Vasicek
, and Bill Guerin
gelled well, and generating a few scoring chances. Albeit, none went in, but opportunities are better than nothing.
-One player who really stood out again for the second game in a row, despite not getting on the score sheet is Sean Bergenheim
. He works hard like Hilbert (even harder in the past couple games) and actually gets his shots on net. Unfortunately Tim Thomas stopped them.
-A healthy scratch tonight was Bruno Gervais
. Either this is a case of continuing to showcase Bergeron for a future trade, or Teddy is trying to send a message. Last time he benched a healthy player for a game, Bergie came back flying. Hopefully the same effect carries over.
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