NY Islanders News

Battling work and health issues

By Gary Harding

Just like many hockey players these days – a bug is going around.  I have not been feeling well – hence the lack of reporting lately.

However, the Isles are now white hot – with four in a row, points in 6, and now sit 7th in the conference.  Will that be the story of the whole year?  Probably not – but you have to appreciate how the team is responding and getting contributions from all aspects:

  1. The emergence of Tambellini
  2. The continued growth of Taveras
  3. The excellent play of the goalies
  4. Brendan Witt – offensive genius

Well – maybe not the last one, but you get the point.

Tonight – the start of some major road bonding – the first against a Buffalo team that is probably chomping at the bit – to exact a little revenge.  What do the Isles need to do?

  1. Play a typical road game – dont over-chance but keep the game as simple as possible
  2. Depend on contributions from all 4 lines
  3. Solid goaltending

I think the ingrediants are simple and easy to apply.  It is just a matter of execution.

Have a hockey day, folks!