Nov 24, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29) during the shootout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Islanders defeated the Flyers 1-0 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
After the acquisitons of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, two defensemen with Stanley Cup pedigrees, it was very apparent that the Islanders were going to exude a new confidence and attitude this season. Through 22 games, that is quite clear. The veterans and “high character guys” that Garth Snow has brought in have helped lead along a room full of young guys who haven’t really won much of anything before at the NHL level. The Islanders have not only shown this new-found confidence through their words, but also through their play. You can feel the swagger that the team now has with a quality goaltender, Jaroslav Halak backing them up.
One of the most, if not the most important thing for a hockey team is having complete confidence in their netminder. It leads to defensemen jumping into the play, forwards willing to get more involved in the forecheck, and just an overall confidence throughout the team when they know their goalie can come up big when they need it most. Even as a fan I feel this confidence while watching the games. I just have a feeling that we will kill off the untimely penalty, score the huge goal, get the clutch save or make the big defensive play. This confidence is contagious and it makes this team so much fun to watch.