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New York Islanders Podcast EP. 20: Fixing The Third Line

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders skates against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on December 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Stars defeated the Islanders 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders skates against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on December 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Stars defeated the Islanders 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders third line is lost somewhere in no-mans land. The trio centred by Brock Nelson is nowhere to be found. So we try to think of ways to fix it.

With two of the best lines in hockey, the New York Islanders should be looking good in the standings. Unfortunately goaltending issues, an injured defensive core and a third line that is non-existent, the Islanders find themselves out of a playoff spot.

We’ve spent time going over the goaltending and the defense. We know that both need to be fixed, and need to be fixed as soon as possible. But this week we want to focus on the third line.

What needs to be done to fix it exactly?

We have five options on the table that we try to go through. The first is trading Brock Nelson. Because let’s face it, without a  trade, Brock Nelson is on this roster night-in, night-out.

If the New York Islanders trade Brock Nelson, then what do they get for him? Another player, or some picks? Think about it all and follow along with our hour-long conversation about this and a few other topics revolving the New York Islanders.

What Else Do We Talk About?

The third line is our main topic this week, but we spent a significant amount of time going over other topics regarding the New York Islanders over the last week:

  • We talk about the Isles terrible last three games were they dropped three games in a row by a combined score of 15-4. In all three, they were soundly outplayed. Boy, do they miss Johnny Boychuk.
  • The Islanders next four games are against divisional opponents. We think they need to win at least three of them to get into a better position in the standings. Anything less is real bad.
  • Callin on the bridge. The New York Islanders sent down Anthony Beauvillier and called up Tanner Fritz and Sebastian Aho. What that the right move for Beau? And what can we expect from the two they called up?

Next: Kieffer Bellows Can't Stop Scoring

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