NHL 2-on-1: Which fast-starting surprise team can keep it up?
This is 2-on-1, a weekly feature from Eye on Hockey in which Adam Gretz and Brian Stubits debate a topic in the NHL.
The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens are just two of the teams off to what many would call surprisingly good starts (we would also accept the Ducks, Devils, Jets and Oilers). Which team has the best chance of maintaining that success this season?
STUBITS: What gets me about the Islanders is that they are actually fun to watch right now. A lot of fun. For years they have been boring, if we're being truthful, with low-scoring games that had little in the way of great play-making. It doesn't really matter, but if you're going to lose a lot wouldn't you rather lose in exciting games? Well, right now, the Islanders are getting those exciting games, and they're winning.
I do feel like I'm taking crazy pills by the bottle for saying this, but this will be the year the Islanders finally make the playoffs. Remember, this team has finished OK in recent seasons; it's been the starts that have doomed them.
I sure hope the Islanders can keep playing well. They have a little bit more scoring depth this year which does make them more exciting to watch. It's still too soon to say they are going to make the playoffs but I like what I've seen so far.
I love the depth we have at forward.. This is the best 4 lines we've had in a long time.. It will be even better when Bailey gets back... If/when Visnovsky gets here and blends in well, this could be one heck of an exciting season....
I honestly feel, if the Islanders show their metal in these next three upcoming games, the media circus around the Islanders will flair up big time. All the same media hat ragged on us for years will be signing our praises.