Last night the Islanders completed a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. A swap of shut-outs between Ryan Miller and Marty Biron as the Isles lost 3-0 in their visit up north.
The Islanders did not play their best game. As a matter of fact, you can see the expression on Okposo's face in the post-game that he was very disappointed with his play, as well as the rest of the team's. Poor penalties and a lack of face-off wins led to this loss. Biron played pretty solid, but the team in front of him couldn't get the job done.
I hope I'm not wrong in saying this, but I don't think this is an Islanders team that's taking a step back. It was a bad game. Plain and simple.
Over the past several games the Islanders have dominated, and I mean DOMINATED on the draws. Last night the centers just didn't have it against a very talented Sabres team. My gut is telling me that, for at least right now, this was just a flukey game. I'll know whether or not trust my instincts or acknowledge that I just might be hungry by tomorrow night.
In Isles country, things are only going to get tougher. The Islanders are home for only three more games for the rest of the month. You got to love November. But this will be good for them as we will really get to see the make-up of this team; who can handle pressure situations on the road and if they are capable of starting streaks when they are away from the Coliseum for an extended period of time.
Trent Hunter may be returning to the line-up soon, making Sim most likely to be the odd-man out. Oh yeah, and Blake Comeau is still sitting. Gotta wonder where Gordon sees him fitting in with the roster.
I will have a more detailed blog this Saturday discussing the Isles/Devils game tomorrow, and I will also soon discuss the improved play of Jack Hillen, a kid who seems to making a name for himself as a regular defenseman.
I'd also like to thank anyone that checked out my interview with Travis Hamonic. The Islanders were kind enough to put up a Blog Box headline on the main-story portion of the web-site with a link to the interview. It was my first opportunity to do something like that so I want to thank the Islanders for that privilege as well anyone who took the time to read it, whether it was from going to HockeyBuzz or the Islanders web-page.
I hope to have other interviews posted throughout the course of the season.