New York Islanders Boston Bruins Stay Focused (Keys To Game)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Dominic Moore
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Dominic Moore /

The New York Islanders December hasn’t been a continuation of their November with a 1-2-1 record to start off the last month of 2017. They’ve got to keep their focus to get back on track.

The New York Islanders are but two points out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. But find themselves in a wild card with three points separating them from the Rangers who are looking to make the jump.

All it’s going to take to drop out int he hyper-competitive Metropolitan Division. The Islanders can’t lose their focus. Not even for a few minutes in a period. We all saw what happened when they did that against the Tampa Bay Lightning on the fifth of December.

After battling back to 2-2, thanks to Mathew Barzal, the New York Islanders fell three goals back in a matter of minutes.

The Isles are keeping pace with the rest of the Metro for now, but they’ve got to start adding a few more points to their total. Three points from a possible eight isn’t good enough.

We all know they’ve struggled on the penalty kill. And the coaching staff has taken steps to try and address that. But did you know that they give up the most goals in the second period? It seems that when the pressure isn’t on nor are they.

That has to change as of tonight against a surging Boston Bruins team that’s gone 7-3-0 in their last ten games.

Keys To The Game

We asked our staff what they thought the keys to the game were. Here’s what they said:

Billy Lewis: The Islanders have given up at least 4 goals every game this month. It’s time for somebody to step, whether goaltending or the defence and keep Boston’s offence at bay.

Kate Eliou: It’s important for the Islanders’ special teams, particularly on the PK, to have a big night after several weak games.

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David Lazar: With a defence composed of Dennis Seidenberg, Thomas Hickey, Adam Pelech, and Ryan Pulock, the Islanders will need some big saves out of Jaroslav Halak and will need to score early and often.