Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 11/24/2013

IslandersThe picture you see on the left is what Islanders nation and social media is right now. A firecracker that has just exploded.

With the team dropping another decision to the Philadelphia Flyers last night 5-2, New York has now lost 8 of 10 and there is seemingly no end in sight to the play we have all had to bear witness to on the ice.

Defensive breakdowns from the forwards, in my opinion, continue to plague this team the most. Already missing top minute defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, they need help. And there is none coming from the other three members of the on-ice team.

First goal last night for Matt Read is a perfect example. Travis Hamonic gets beaten off the side boards, gives the puck away in the high slot, retreats to Kevin Poulin‘s right to pick up a man. John Tavares, Islanders captain, glides around and taken nobody, allowing Read to slam the puck almost through the net.

It is these kind of situations, combined with awful special teams, that have relegated the Isles to last place in the Metropolitan division. And that is not even the worst news.

Thomas Hickey left the game after being stung by a shot and will be re-evaulated today. If he is to also miss significant time, the issues on the blue line could get even worse, believe it or not.

The only bright spot over the last two losses in Pennsylvania was the play of rookie defenseman Matt Donovan. With an increased role, he seems to be getting more comfortable and had, without a doubt, his best two games of the season back to back. His offensive instincts are apparent and his defensive play and coverage seems to be improving with each shift.

Kevin Poulin, given a mercy pulling last night, was replaced by Anders Nilsson in the second period after falling behind 3-0 (to no fault of his own) and Nilsson performed admirably, stopping 12 of 13 shots over the final 35 minutes.

As I wrote earlier in the week defending head coach Jack Capuano, I still believe in him and think some of the frustration towards him is unwarranted, but you cannot fire the entire team. You would have to think his hold on the job at this moment is tenuous at best and if this ship does not start flying in the right direction real soon, he will pay the ultimate price.

 

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Around The NHL

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2013 – FINAL GAMES

VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME NETWORK/RESULT
1:00 PM ET
FINAL: CAR (2) - BOS (3) OT RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
3:00 PM ET
FINAL: MIN (3) - WPG (2) S/O RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: WSH (1) - TOR (2) S/O RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: PIT (2) - MTL (3) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: OTT (4) - DET (2) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: NYI (2) - PHI (5) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
8:00 PM ET
FINAL: DAL (1) - STL (6) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
8:00 PM ET
FINAL: NYR (2) - NSH (0) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
8:00 PM ET
FINAL: ANA (4) - PHX (2) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
10:00 PM ET
FINAL: CHI (2) - VAN (1) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
10:30 PM ET
FINAL: COL (1) - LAK (0) OT RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
10:30 PM ET
FINAL: NJD (1) - SJS (2) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›

METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

 PITTSBURGH

24

15

9

0

30

14

69

54

2

 WASHINGTON

24

12

10

2

26

7

72

68

3

 NY RANGERS

23

12

11

0

24

12

48

54

4

 NEW JERSEY

23

9

9

5

23

9

49

55

5

 PHILADELPHIA

22

10

10

2

22

10

49

53

6

 CAROLINA

23

8

10

5

21

7

45

66

7

 COLUMBUS

23

8

12

3

19

7

56

71

8

 NY ISLANDERS

24

8

13

3

19

5

68

82

 

Across The Sound

Kenny Reiter with another outstanding performance could not prevent the Sound Tigers from falling again, this time to Worcester, 2-1 in a shootout. 37 saves was not supported by the offense, who could not get on track. Read the recap from the official site right here.

Today, Bridgeport returns home for a 3pm faceoff with St.John’s.

Scoring
1. BRI Jackson, (2) (CornellStrome), 13:58
3. WOR Doherty, (1) (SchwartzHamilton), 4:47

 

Rank Northeast Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA

1

Springfield Falcons

16

12

3

0

1

25

47

35

2

Albany Devils

19

11

7

0

1

23

52

47

3

Hartford Wolf Pack

18

8

8

0

2

18

48

62

4

Adirondack Phantoms

17

7

8

0

2

16

41

49

5

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

16

4

8

1

3

12

40

57

 

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  • kiki27

    Capuano is the problem. He has the heart but not the brain to manage this team. Last year he had Brad Boyes incapacitate the Tavares line. He just isn’t skilled enough to coach at this level. Please for sake of this talented team…..let him go.