After a long homestand in which the New York Islanders struggled, the team is looking forward to hitting the road to right the ship.
It’s no secret that the New York Islanders have gotten out to a slow start during their heavy home schedule. Some of the guys are looking at the opportunity to get on the road as a good thing.
Cal Clutterbuck said “Oh, yeah. Been looking forward to it for a long time. People look at a homestand like this and think it’s great. But it’s tough. It’s being in one place for a long period of time, it gets redundant and it’s easy for you to get into the ‘groundhog day’ type of feel. It will be really nice for us to get away for a couple of days.”
I can see where Clutterbuck is coming from. Complacency is something that you’re looking to avoid in sports and being at the same place for a long period of time can create complacency.
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Although the big issue is their schedule doesn’t get any easier. They have to play the Tampa Bay Lightning who recently embarrassed the Islanders by a score of 6-1 and also the Florida Panthers who will be looking to avenge their playoff defeat.
The Islanders offense broke out against Vancouver, they put up a four spot and even got goals from Jason Chimera and Andrew Ladd. The only issue with that is Vancouver’s a bad team and the Islanders will have to go up against some tough tests on this road trip. It’ll be interesting to see if the Islanders can keep up with their offensive pace from their last victory.
Isles Tweet Of The Day
Cal Clutterbuck is a daily fantasy sleeper (Eyes On Isles)
Cal Clutterbuck in fantasy hockey? Well, the former fourth liner has two points in two games with John Tavares and he has a cheap “cap hit” of $3,800 in DraftKings money.
The importance of Andrew Ladd’s goal (Eyes On Isles)
It’s good that the Islanders are finally getting production from Ladd and his goal was no cheap one. It was an absolute bullet from the point without a deflection. He earned it.
Islanders hit the road in search of points (Newsday)
The Islanders have ground to makeup already after just 13 games. They’ve struggled on the road so far but they also needed to get away from home. Admittedly a very odd scenario.
Ladd and Chimera aren’t the Islanders biggest issues. (Hockey Writers)
Patrick Hickey Jr. claims that goaltending is the bigger issue. Jaroslav Halak is looking to make the big play instead of letting it come to him.