If there were legitimate beliefs that the New York Islanders were going to come out of the Madhouse with a win, I respect that.
A part of me had an inkling that they would hang tough, but the team was in for a tough test and it was doubtful that they would walk away with two points. Not yet at least.
No time to dwell however, there is another match-up coming in Nashville, a perfect test to see just how tough this team is. It is not easy playing two games in two nights in the NHL as it is. Going from Chicago to Nashville in less than 24 hours? No thanks, but it has to be done and a statement has to be made.
Playing against the Blackhawks in Chicago is not a game you circle as a calendar as a must win, but if the Islanders want to make the playoffs, they MUST win games against fringe teams like Nashville. Grab the points you know you can get. If you can steal points from the elite teams, then that can help build confidence and mold a title contender.
Sure, there were some aspects of the team last night that need some polishing, and I’m looking at the offense here. There still needs to be some kinks worked out, but look at the way this season has started. I’ll take 2-1-1, even though the team should have held on to a two goal lead at home against Columbus (lost in a shoot-out).
All the team needs to do is stay positive and keep their grips loose. A loss to the Predators will not be the end of the world. Acting like it will won’t help anyone. The moment they start pressing after a bad outing, or two, which hasn’t happened yet, but very well might soon, they could be in trouble. And I’m talking about December losing streaks that make us shutter thinking back to.
Short term memory loss. That is what a good hockey team needs.