The New York Islanders head into the season with expectations of reaching the playoffs. Their head coach had some kind words after the preseason finale.
The preseason doesn’t matter. At least that’s what we’re told because the standings at the end of the preseason don’t mean anything. Although that’s not what New York Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight believes.
Here’s what Dougie had to say after Sunday’s win:
"“6-0-2 is a great building block for our team. There’s good vibes, good confidence.”"
As much as talent plays a role in a teams success you can’t minimize the impact of the mental aspect. The old Yogi Berra quote can be applied here “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical”
Sure, baseball and hockey are different sports but the message is still the same. As an athlete, you have to have the confidence and belief that you can accomplish greatness. Most analysts have picked the Islanders to miss the playoffs this year, but the team can’t go into the season with that mindset.
Instead, you must build off the successful end to last season and have that momentum carry over. Momentum, confidence and good vibes go a long way over the course of a long season.
Of course, you need to have talent on your roster, you can’t just go into the season with a hope and a prayer. If the preseason showed us anything it showed that the Isles can score with the best of them.
If they figure out their defense, they’re going to be just fine.
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