New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz seems to be mulling over the idea of moving the lines around, both up front and on the back end. Here’s a suggestion for him.
After four games the New York Islanders find themselves with a 2-2-0 record and four points on the board. It’s about exactly where we thought they’d be at the start of the season. Approximately 0.500.
The Islanders are a “hard-to-play” against team that is lacking in quality. In a three-game sample at the start of the season, everything looked fine, but the most recent game against the Predators exposed a lot.
Against the Nashville Predators, the Islanders lost focus for a good 40 minutes, couldn’t execute, and just looked well behind where an NHL team needs to be. Obviously, they lost the game.
With that in mind, Barry Trotz isn’t about to just roll out the same team against the Anaheim Ducks. He’ll switch things around:
It’s probably the last step he and Lou Lamoriello can take before they start moving pieces between the Islanders and the Sound Tigers. Or before he starts moving pieces out in a trade.
With the Islanders out of action for another few days before they face-off against the Anaheim Ducks its time to speculate as to how Trotz can stack up his forward lines and defensive pairings.