The Eyes on Isles Podcast returns for episode number 82 as Matt and Mitch will discuss all things New York Islanders on and off the ice.
This week, the New York Islanders have gone 2-2-0 and seemingly have forgotten how to put the puck in the net. In the past four games, the Islanders have just six goals, which is an average of 1.5 goals per game.
You can’t win games that way. It doesn’t matter how good your system is or how good the goalies play it’s impossible to sustain any success with only 1.5 goals per game, and the Isles need more from their top-six.
Perhaps Michael Dal Colle can help? He’s currently rotting on the scratch pad with Andrew Ladd wasting space on the Islanders third line. Dal Colle hasn’t put up a ton of points but for whatever reason, the Isles seem to play better with him in the lineup.
Also this week, Casey Cizikas missed some time due to injury. The effect it had on the fourth line was scary. He’s clearly the glue of that line and when Leo Komarov went down to play center the line was essentially ineffective.
Right now Mathew Barzal is one of the few forwards producing. He has six points in the last seven games as he’s attempted to carry the Islanders offense on his back. Mat’s been playing with Anders Lee and that’s a good thing.
Here’s what we’ll get into this week for topics:
Should Dal Colle be in the lineup?
Would the New York Islanders be better off with Michael Dal Colle in the lineup? If not what’s the move now for the Islanders?
How the Isles missed Cizikas
Casey Cizikas proved that he’s the best fourth line center in the league with his absence. His line was in complete shambles without him on the ice.
Mathew Barzal is back
With six points in seven games, Barzal’s scoring touch has returned. The Islanders just need the rest of the forward group to start producing.
The Isles have four UFA’s to look at. We’ll discuss what we think Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson, and Robin Lehner are worth.
In the social segment, we’ll answer questions and talk about the biggest stuff from Isles Twitter this past week.
If you missed last week’s show you can catch up on it right here. Also, be sure to follow along with us on social media @EyesonIslesFS on Twitter and on Facebook as well.