small sample size for sure. but Nino & JT didn't mesh well during preseason at all. Not to say it isn't worth a try at some point. But I don't think they should just throw Nino to the wolves just yet. He has to earn those minutes.
UGH....the problem is that we have Tavares.........and the rest are either single dimensional or very imperfect, incomplete hockey players. Very hard to form complete lines to carry out roles when the role players are only that or less.
The forward group has at least wo passengers out of 12, Bailey and Rolston. They have been of no use to date, contributing little or nothing all over the ice.
I am not including Comeau in that group even though he has not put up any points, simply because he will put up points based on his record, and he contibutes hitting when he plays.
Sitting Bailey or Rolston (both if we could) is addition by subtraction. Rolston is either shot or has no desire to do anything but go thru the motions and collect his last big paydays. Bailey has regressed even further than last year. His supposed strength is passing, which I just do not see. He can not connect on anything beyond a simple unpressured hand off away from traffic. He does not shoot the puck, he is poor at puck protection, weak in 50/50 battles, terrible at face offs, and defensively he is at best average or a bit less.
Cappy will not do an overhaul of the lines, but he could sit one or both of these two anchors, bring up Ullstrom to replace Bailey at center.
Because that is really a misconception that the 1st line is scoring. the first line forwards have only 10 goals. 6 even strength (JT 3, MM 2, PAP 1), 4 on the PP (all JT). They don't spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. Very often it's one shot & the puck is going the other way. The first line isn't really broken, but they aren't playing as well as they can either. besides, the idea isn't really to break up the 1st line. it's to spread the talent around.
I don't think you can get the players like Okposo, Bailey, Comeau going until you put them with different players. Part of that is going to be moving the 1st line players around.
The reality is even worse than those numbers....the top line has contributed 6 even strength goals this season...they all came in a two-game span against TB and NYR. That's it. The line has combined for 0 even strength goals in the other 7 games.
It looks like the Isles are keeping the same lines again tonight. I understand not wanting to panic after a few bad games, but this has been a season long slump for the entire team. The team has scored 9 es goals in 9 games, 6 of them in that two-game spurt. Just 3 es goals in the other 7 games.
The odds of all three lines miraculously starting to click on their own at the same time is remote to say the least. At this point, you have to try and shake things up.
Jesus, has Capuano changed the lines at all since he's been here? Sure I realize injuries have made him switch the lines, but has he actually made any concrete decisions? It seems like these are the same lines he's put out there since he got the job.