This past week, the NY Islanders went 1-0-2 against three Eastern Conference opponents, losing two frustrating overtime games around an impressive road divisional shutout. While those two OT losses were not ideal, the Isles still managed to pick up at least a point in every game this week and are off to a perfectly cromulent 5-2-3 start to the season.
Without further ado, here are the Three Stars of the Week for 10/20-11/5:
With goals in back-to-back games this week, Simon Holmstrom has continued to impress for the Islanders. A breakout season from Holmstrom would be a positive development for the Islanders... Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson each put up three points in three games... Scott Mayfield returned to the lineup not a moment too soon, with Adam Pelech leaving the lineup with a hip injury...
Bo Horvat. Horvat had a strong week, with a goal and three assists in the three games. Horvat played a strong game overall against Detroit, forcing a couple of odd-man rushes and breakaways while also scoring the game-tying goal to salvage a point for the Isles. However, one demerit from that game was the Red Wings' winning goal in OT, where Horvat inexplicably failed to clear the zone, allowing Lucas Raymond to score the winning goal on an odd-man rush.
But it's unfair to allow one blemish to destroy an otherwise solid week, and Bo is now up to four goals and five assists in the first ten games, nearing the PPG mark for an Islanders team that sorely needs that offensive contribution. Horvat has also continued to be an important leader for a team that thrives on strong chemistry in the locker room.