New York Islanders vs. Anaheim Ducks: Season Opener

Dec 21, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67) skates with the puck ahead of New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) during the third period at Barclays Center. The Islanders won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67) skates with the puck ahead of New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) during the third period at Barclays Center. The Islanders won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders take to the ice in Brooklyn for the season opener. Hopefully, they can turn the tide and win one.

Two games in, two losses on the books. It’s the type of start to a season that brings out the doomsayer in all of us. Don’t act like you haven’t at least given the impact these two losses might have on the season a thought.

Between these two losses, John Tavares being point-less, and Mathew Barzal being defacto bonehead of the year there are a few things to fuel that doomy-fire.

But don’t worry, don’t stew. It’s not all bad news.

Thomas Greiss looked like his regular self between the pipes against the Capitals yesterday. He stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced and earned himself a third star for this efforts.

I know that I questioned how his 10-minute cameo at the World Cup of Hockey might affect his confidence going into the season.  Looks like I got my answer.

Must Read: Is Greiss' Confidence Broken After World Cup

Ryan Strome has already contributed, which is a nice development. Hopefully, he can continue producing and not fall into last year’s slump of 5 points in the opening nine games.

His play so far has looked like a man inspired to prove he’s worth more than that two-year $5 million contract he signed hours before training camp was due to start.

Today’s tilt against the Ducks pits two winless teams against each other. Both are 0-2 out of the gate. Both should be better than they’ve shown.

Today’s game is going to be a matter of who shows it first?

Next: Is Barzal Ready for the NHL?

Where to Watch/Listen to the Game:

Time: 6 p.m. Barclays Center

TV: MSG+

Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 88.7 FM WRHU, WRCN LI News 103.9 FM

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