After ten games without a goal New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle has finally scored a goal. Hopefully, that's a sign of things to come.
The New York Islanders have found Jordan Eberle! Cancel the milk cartons with his picture on it.
Jordan Eberle was supposed to be one of the New York Islanders primary goal scorers this season. With a fresh new five-year extension, the Islanders had faith that Eberle would not be the same player he was in 2018-19.
But through 31 games this season, Jordan Eberle is having an even harder time producing offense. Outside of Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson, the Islanders have found goals hard to find. They desperately needed Eberle to start hitting the back of the net.
Before facing the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, Eberle had three goals in 31 games. Putting him on pace for seven goals over a 72 game season. (Remember he missed ten games through injury.)
He hadn't scored a goal since a 3-2 win over Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum on December 14. That was ten games ago. Aginst the Devils on Tuesday, Eberle would end that goaless streak.
The goal itself was a nice shot from the slot to go over MacKenzie Blackwood's glove. The lead up was all luck as Damon Severson tosses the puck blindly into the slot and right on the tape for Eberle to capitalize on.
The goal is Jordan Eberle's fourth of the season. Eberle has scored fewer than 20 goals on only three occasions over his career. One was his rookie season, the second was the 2012-13 lockout year (he was on pace for 27), the third year was 2018-19 when he scored 19.
To hit 20 goals in his tenth NHL season, Eberle will have to continue hitting the net as he did against the Devils. With 40 games remaining he'll have to score 0.4 goals per game.
Again, the Islanders desperately needed Eberle to start scoring goals. Hopefully, this is a sign that Eberle is heating up.