The New York Islanders are in Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. With two tough losses to start the regular season, tensions are running high among the fanbase. How can the Islanders improve?
The focus has to be on the system, specifically in the D-Zone. Players seem not sure of where they need to be or what they need to do. Leading to a bunch of seemingly simple mistakes. It’s alarming to see a number of Isles vets (Pulock, Greene, and Mayfield) fall into this category.
They should know how the system works by now. But in order to be in a position to get a win, they’ll need to go back to the basics. That’s the key. Honestly, it will come down to that. If they can’t figure out the system in the d-zone they’ll have a hard time pulling out a win tonight. Even against a Chicago side, that isn’t seen as particularly strong.
New York Islanders vs. Blackhawks: Keys to getting a win in Chicago
New York Islanders Projected Lineup
The d-core might not change. Some have called for Sebastian Aho to step in for either Greene or Chara, but at this point even putting in Aho won’t fix the Islanders issues.
Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lineup
Marc-Andre Fleury will officially get the start today for the Blackhawks. The veteran goalie hasn’t had a good start with a 7.06 GAA and 0.826SV%. Although, Sorokin isn’t much better (5.09 GAA and 0.855SV%).
The rest of the squad is as expected. Islanders fans will see their first glimpse of former-PTO player Erik Gustafsson.
Where to Catch the Game
The game is not available on MSG tonight. The game will be broadcast nationally (on TV) and the ESPN crew will get the call today as per MSG’s Brendan Burke:
TV: ESPN, ESPN+
Radio: 88.7FM, 103.9FM, 98.7FM