Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) in front of Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (51) and New York Islanders right wing Colin McDonald (13) during the second period of an NHL game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 12/8/2013


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Stop me if you have heard this children’s jingle before…’The wheels on the bus go round and round; round and round; round and round; the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town’.

In the Islanders case, it’s through the West. The losing continued last night in a punchless 16 shot loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center 3-0 and there seems to be no end in sight to the profuse bleeding that is occurring with Long Island’s hockey team.

Kevin Poulin was solid in his return to the net, allowing only 2 goals on 24 shots but even the much anticipated return to the lineup of Brock Nelson could not nothing to wake up a dormant offense that still relies too heavily on perimeter chances that seem to have no hope or prayer of even threatening the opposing goaltender.

With the allure of calling up Ryan Strome hanging in the balance, which I do not think is the answer nor should be entertained at this point, there seems to at least one inevitable change coming down the pipeline. Whether you want to believe the rumors or not, there is no chance that Jack Capuano survives this latest skid. No coach in the entire National Hockey League would and there needs to be no exception here.

The comment from ex-Islanders general manager Mike Milbury when Peter Laviolette was fired from his first term as bench boss was ‘there seems to be no fun going on’. At this moment in time, it seems like there was perhaps too much of a ‘country club’ atmosphere and a real lack of accountability.

With inexperienced leadership still learning what they need to do to properly motivate, maybe that is the message that finally sinks through to the players and wakes them up from their slumber.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

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T

P

ROW

GF

GA

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PITTSBURGH

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20

10

1

41

18

96

70

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WASHINGTON

29

15

12

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32

9

88

84

3

NY RANGERS

30

15

14

1

31

15

68

76

4

CAROLINA

30

13

12

5

31

12

71

84

5

NEW JERSEY

31

12

13

6

30

12

69

77

6

PHILADELPHIA

29

13

14

2

28

12

64

73

7

COLUMBUS

29

12

14

3

27

11

72

80

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NY ISLANDERS

30

8

17

5

21

5

75

104

 

Across The Sound

The Sound Tigers won their 4th straight game last night, beating Hershey 4-2 as super prospect Ryan Strome picked up 4 more points while Anders Lee chipped in with 2 goals, including the game winner. The official recap is right here.

Strome now leads the entire American Hockey League in scoring with 9-24-33 in 23 games while Lee hit the 10 goal mark in his 23rd game. Defensive prospect Matt Donovan now has 2-6-8 in 6 games since his return to the baby Islanders.

Bridgeport (9-10-1) will attempt the finally find the .500 mark when they face-off against the Albany Devils on Tuesday in an odd 11am start.

 

 

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  • Þorsteinn Halldórsson

    This is just shamefully ugly to look at and follow……and I know the Moulson thing has been said before but I think that was a real mistake. He was a solid body in front of the net. I am also not feeling Regin bouchard and cutterback as time moves forward..simply collecting checks and phoning it in. This is affecting the rest of the team like Bailey and Grabner and even the new guys up from farm clubs…..When do we get the Russsian back on defense???

  • FitzWilly

    Strome is not the answer, but he does need to get up here and start gaining some NHL experience and building some chemistry
    If we’re gonna lose, lets lose with our young talent and start the future now
    get these first and second rounders in here
    AN and KP are holding there own,
    Promote Doug to HC and lets get this party started