The New York Islanders offensive is a concern. Thankfully, the porous Winnipeg Jets come to town. Maybe, that could give the Isles offense some confidence.
They still haven’t actually scored a goal. The New York Islanders only “goal” this season came after the puck bounced off of four Washington Capitals players. The narrative that the Isles offense might have holes this season has so far come true.
To shake that narrative the Islanders need an opponent that just isn’t strong defensively. They need a team who’s defense is undermanned and open for a few goals against.
That’s the Winnipeg Jets, who come to the Nassau Coliseum with a 1-1-0 record and having allowed ten goals against in those two games.
The 2019-20 Winnipeg Jets feel like the 2017-18 New York Islanders. All offense and no defense. I supposed that’s what happens when you trade Jacob Trouba for Neal Pionk and Dustin Byfuglien sits out the start of the season.
In their two games this season, one against the New York Rangers and another against the New Jersey Devils, the Jets have allowed an average of five goals against per game.
That’s exactly what the New York Islanders need. They need to play a team where the defense isn’t going to stop them. The Islanders forwards need a game to feel good about themselves and get some confidence.
If the Islanders want to change the narrative around their offense, tonight is the night.
The Jets offense is something to be afraid of. Their top six is quite intimidating. But the Islanders defense that kept a good Washington Capitals team quite, they should be able to do the same with the Jets.
I hope the Islanders switch Michael Dal Colle for Anthony Beauvillier on line two. Dal Colle just didn’t do enough to earn that spot. Beau, on the other hand, had an assist on the Islanders only goal and was engaged on both sides of the ice.
You can see why the Winnipeg Jets are having issues defensively so far this season. That backline of Morrisey-Kulikov, Heinola-Pionk, and Bitetto-Poolman just isn’t good enough.
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