Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
I know... I know. Joking about power being restored when there is a possibility for some of us to lose it this evening with a powerful nor'Easter approaching is a lame attempt at being clever. Just know, I'm terrible at titles, always have been and sometimes this is all you're going to get, unfortunately. Stay safe people.
- The Islanders power play did go 3-for-5 last night. You are not misreading that statistic. 3-for-5. I'm not sure what the insertion of Ryan Pulock did to aid in that, but he did score a goal on a blast from a faceoff win and held his own at even strength (+2 5v5 Corsi in 16:03). New York is going to need it to keep producing to win, plain and simple.
- After New York gets through the ridiculously unexplainable Vegas Golden Knights (8-1-0), games against some struggling teams await on the horizon. Washington, Colorado, Edmonton and Dallas are games the Islanders need to pick up points in if they are serious about challenging for a return to the playoffs.
- Speaking of Leddy, the Islanders were lucky he didn't suffer a bad injury on a scary looking crash into the boards last night in the third period when shoved from behind by Miika Salomaki. Of course, Boychuk is the only one who got a penalty out of the ensuing scrum. It's a dangerous play that the league has gone out of their way to try and fix but how Salomaki gets away with nothing on the play is exactly the problem. Leddy is the defender New York absolutely cannot lose.
- Tavares now has seven goals and 10 points in his last four games. After showing up on the scoresheet only once in the season's first seven games, the captain has really ramped things up. His natural hat-trick was his second such three-goal effort in the past three games.
- Jaroslav Halak has out-played Thomas Greiss so far statistically, but Greiss has also been completely left out to dry in two of his starts (Columbus, Minnesota), allowing 11 of his 17 goals just in those appearances. His save percentage is 94.4% in his other three starts.
- Look at that third period score-adjusted Corsi at 5v5 from last night…. What you see is a team that took the lead and then stepped on the neck of the opposition to close things out. Probably the most impressive feat of the evening, even more so than the power play producing three goals.
- Now we wait….on Joshua Ho-Sang. His demotion to Bridgeport came as a minor surprise, but he handled it well, at least in the press. Weight said all the right things also in terms of why the rookie was given a time-out, and now has a decision to make upon his sooner or later return. For Ho-Sang to be recalled means someone will have to pass through waivers. Alan Quine and Nikolay Kulemin could be candidates. I don't see Jason Chimera being an option due to his extreme likeability in the locker room, looking past his sub-par performances on the ice.