Dec 28, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 12/29/2013


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The New York Islanders found a way to drop another two points at home last night, falling to the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on a goal that bounced off the upper body (shoulder, head, face?) of Travis Zajac and slid into the net behind Evgeni Nabokov.

But the loss cannot be blamed on a fluky goal on this occasion, but more so a lack of any cohesive offensive game for the first 40 minutes of hockey as New York struggled mightily without captain John Tavares to make Devils goaltender Cory Schneider work. And times when they did create traffic in front, the defense was unable to get shots through to the net, especially on the power play.

I spoke to Thomas Hickey post-game regarding both points and here is what he had to tell Eyes On Isles….

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Head coach Jack Capuano shuffled up the lines at the end of the second period in an effort to shake the team out of its post-Christmas hangover to no avail, and when Josh Bailey went down with an apparent shoulder injury in the third period after crashing into the boards, it was just another Islander forward that in all probability will be added to the injury list. There was no update for the media after the game on the status of Bailey or Tavares. Capuano spoke of how the younger players on the team really struggled this night, including benching Brock Nelson in the third period.

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Lastly, Colin McDonald spent an extreme amount of time with the media, discussing the Islanders game as of late, indicating that just playing well is not good enough anymore, a point that was emphatically echoed by Nabokov.

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It’s off to Minnesota now as the team prepares to take on the Wild and Bruins on New Years Eve to wrap up their 2013 schedule. With the playoffs seemingly becoming a pipe dream with each passing day, it might be time to give some extended looks to players such as Nelson, Ryan Strome, Kevin Poulin and especially give another chance to Matt Donovan on defense.

With Andrew MacDonald struggling to quarterback the powerplay and Lubomir Visnovsky no closer to returning to action, Calvin deHaan has to be considered at this point to lead the Islanders first special teams unit, a role that he played in Bridgeport with Donovan.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

40

28

11

1

57

25

125

91

2

WASHINGTON

38

20

14

4

44

12

120

114

3

PHILADELPHIA

38

18

16

4

40

16

97

107

4

NEW JERSEY

40

16

16

8

40

16

95

102

5

COLUMBUS

38

17

17

4

38

15

103

107

6

NY RANGERS

39

18

19

2

38

16

90

105

7

CAROLINA

38

14

15

9

37

13

89

109

8

NY ISLANDERS

39

11

21

7

29

7

97

131

 

Across The Sound

Bridgeport fell to Springfield last night 6-3. Matt Donovan, Andrew Clark and Anders Lee scored the goals for the Islanders farm team. The official recap is right here.

The Sound Tigers return home Sunday afternoon for a 3 p.m. game against the Albany Devils.

 

 

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