Maybe but I don't think he had much of a choice, back to back games 3 in 4 nights and the flu going around as well. Even if we drop this one, I can't really blame him for giving them that day off that they completely deserved
Oh I'm not saying it wasn't deserved or understandable given the circumstances.
Hopefully it pans out well for us, but I'm completely expecting it not to.. As others have said this pretty much the definition of a trap game.
We'll know in the first 5 minutes of this game if this team is ready take care of business tonight or if they expect an easy game. We have to take control of this game early and choke the life out of this weak Isles team by taking a lead.
The Islanders are horrific 5 on 5, 3rd worst in the league in GF/GA ratio. There's no reason to lose to them at home if we play one of our solid games - unless Tavares turns into superman, which he can do obviously.
I'm sure MT has been working on a pregame speech on this specific topic.
They'll be ready.
To his credit, I think he probably does too. I don't say that lightly either because frankly under MT I've never been as confident regarding our coaching staff. I liked him as a coach 10 years ago, and I think his time away and his subsequent time spent in the media the past couple of seasons has really seasoned him into a better human being and coach that can now truly understand the game from just about every possible aspect.
If someone like yourself says "MT probably has a speech about this" I can safely nod and say "yeah you're probably right". Where as with Jacques Martin I would have been surprised if the guy even went in the dressing room before games. MT is definitely a much stronger presence in the room, and a clearly superior motivator.