Wow, when Strait went down with an injury, I thought we were in deep trouble.. He was our most solid D-man at that time.... But with Hickey proving to be a solid addition and getting more minutes by the game (19:50 last night), Visnovsky getting more comfortable and every bit as good as Streit offensively, along with either Carkner or Finley (Finley now), this is probably the best defensive corps we've had in a while... Those guys along with Streit, Hamonic and McDonald.... not bad compared to the bush league defensemen we've dressed the past 5 years or so. We're even deep enough to deal with three injured D-men (Carkner, Strait and Martinek) and still dress 6 NHL caliber D-men.... or 5 NHL caliber D-men, and one necessary bruiser.
Now if only some of the forwards.. cough Okposo..cough, could get it going, we may actually play meaningful hockey for awhile..
For my 1000th post, a prediction for my favorite Islander Josh Bailey.... he will score his first goal of the season tonight!! It will be the start of his coming out party, which we began to see at the end of last year.... Let's go Josh!!
Switch Casey Zeeky with noReasonerr to be there and it a more dangerous team. Reasoner has played better this year but a more vanilla player I haven't seen. Belongs on the 4th line and pk (which he's been solid on)
Grabner needs to be with Neilsen or Bailey.
I'd pay to see Grabner-Bailey-Ullstrom for a few games - or at least Grabs-Neilsen-Bailey which should be the no brainer 2nd line.
Poulin could stop the Cane's mojo in the coliseum streak. Really like our last 5 periods. Feels like things are coming together but this 7 game homestand will determine a lot. Need 4 wins to be a success.
Chalk up a loss....isles in black I think because on islanders.com game preview it shows viz in black. Damn
Say it isn't so Joe, used those satan jerseys already a couple times to end decent momentum we had.
And yes very impressed with the D right now. Streit was playing so deep in the offensive zone all night, its this creativity which will throw curve balls at our opposition. Right now we have 4 very strong Ds who will carry the puck deep if need be. Streit, Vis, Hamonic and Hickey. I LIKE IT. Would rather lose 5-4 trying then 3-0 laying an egg.
Avoid letdown game and get back to .500......also very excited about Poulin tonight, think he will be steady
Big Poulin fan, but he can't seem to stop a beach ball lately, and that's in the AHL. Though both NHL wins last season were against Carolina, I don't think Poulin's stats at the end of the season will be much different from DP's. Rewatching last nights amazing performance by Nabby, I can see Poulin giving up 7 goals in the same game.
Carolina 5 (2 goals in the 1st 2 minutes of the 1st, as per the norm for Poulin in the NHL)
If we can get back to .500 after our usual 2nd month meltdown, that would be so good for this team and they can even ride a hot 2nd half into the playoffs (knock on wood). This game has become biggest game of the year