Islanders vs. Coyotes: Q&A with Howlin’ Hockey Expert
What Are Each Teams Strengths?
Howlin’ Hockey, JH: Prior to the season, some thought the improved blue-line would be something the team could rely on after watching Oliver Ekman-Larsson go it alone a bit in recent times. That hasn’t panned out so far in our first few contests.
The biggest strength is probably the exuberance and creativity of youth.
The Coyotes have Anthony Duclair and Max Domi poised for breakout sophomore campaigns. They are joined by rookies Dylan Strome, Jakob Chychrun, and Christian Dvorak. There’s a whole lot of scoring potential packed into those five names and it will be very fun to watch them unlock that potential and unleash it at times this season.
Eyes on Isles, MA:
Believe it or not but the New York Islanders strength is up front. It hasn’t really shown so far this season but a forward corps with John Tavares amongst it is immediately dangerous. But trust me, the Islanders strength is up front. At least with Neck Leddy out with injury.
Tavares and conjoined twin Andrew Ladd are going to put up major points this season. It’s just a matter of when? So far the two have a combined two points, both belonging to the captain Tavares.
After the top two, the Islanders have a litany of potential 20 goals scorers that are ridiculously streaky, but you can count on at least one of them to be on their game.
Against the Ducks it was Josh Bailey, getting it done in overtime. If Brock Nelson goes missing, Anders Lee can pick up the slack. If Lee is MIA than Josh Bailey can step up. Contrary to popular believe the Islanders have scoring depth.