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Islanders: impassioned play from role players is vital

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 05: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders prepares to skate against the Ottawa Senators at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 05, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Senators 5-4 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 05: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders prepares to skate against the Ottawa Senators at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 05, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Senators 5-4 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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This post is for all of the haters. The New York Islanders have gone through a rough patch. It’s to be expected, but the natives have been restless and the pipelines have been calling for something big to happen.

I’m here to tell you this, and it’s not particularly popular, Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov and Tom Kuhnhackl belong on the ice for the New York Islanders. Perhaps after the ridiculous assist which Komarov picked up in the third period to set up Martin or the third goal from Kuhnhackl against the Wild make that an obvious statement.

When the chips are down, and someone needs to step up and play

simple

but impassioned hockey this trio is not a bad option. Fans like to look at stats. Everyone feels like they are an armchair general manager, but big names and big stats do not directly translate to goals or wins. Ask

Garth Snow

.

Again for the people in back

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, glue guys set the tone. They are the carbon rings in the molecular chemistry. Certainly, the Artemi Panarin or a Connor McDavid wouldn’t be an unwelcome sight, but if Barry Trotz is confident in telling his players to trust the system, why shouldn’t we, the fans, be comfortable trusting the system?

Could we trade for someone, sure, but the Isles picked it up against the Minnesota Wild. Mayfield’s guts in his defense of Varlamov showed some composure we’ve been missing. He and the rest of the D were finishing their checks in a way that they haven’t of late. Perhaps mixing the pairs was just what the doctor ordered?

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It’s an 82 game season, in one of the most, if not the most, physical professional sports. Trust the process Isles faithful. Don’t be a hater. Trotz would expect at least that from us.

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