Islanders Bits: Offensive Struggles, Battle of New York Reactions

"This is a league game. This determines who enters the next round robin. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?!"

Last night was a rare one this season: Three goals scored by the New York Islanders.

At 2.24 goals per game (29.4 shots), the Islanders offense ranks 28th overall in the NHL. Two seasons ago (Scott Gordon's last full season), they managed a 20th-best 2.61 goals per game (30.4 shots). The flip-side: that season they also gave up 3.15 goals per game on 31.9 shots against, the 28th-ranked defense by goals against.

The Islanders' goal prevention since then has made strides, but they're modest ones: At 2.93 goals against per game this season, they're still just 25th overall there (30.2 shots against rank 15th though).

The talk is often of a lack of secondary scoring, and certainly that's part of it. But as the Islanders' top line and special teams have gotten better, the rest of the squad has not matched that progress, from secondary offense to defense to goaltending.

Battle Of New York Post-Game

Recaps and pieces on last night's 4-3 OT loss: LHH | Blueshirt Banter | Hornick's Skinny | Official site | Times | Newsday | Daily News has Torts liking the "way" they've won | Post | ESPN | On the hobbit (who should not be called "Zuke," because this guy is Zuke)

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Travis Hamonic Post-Game

Not happy about the penalty. Not happy about missing out on the two points. Funny how much The Maven has taken a liking to the youngster.


Jack Capuano Post-Game

Not happy about the special teams: "They were good for a while [this season ... maybe] they're taking it for granted. If we have to change some of the units, we'll think about doing that."


I suppose there's even deeper frustration there for a team that can't get scoring, to finally get three goals in a game, only to have its special teams fail. But them's the breaks. Control more games at 5-on-5, and you'll rely less on special teams being masterful.

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