The NY Islanders are currently sitting third in the Metropolitan Division with nine points, tied with the NJ Devils. It's way too early to be looking at standings at this point, especially with the inconsistent play the team has displayed so far.
Regardless, the team is off to a solid start at 4-2-1 and will look to extend their winning streak to three games tomorrow night when they host the Detroit Red Wings.
There have been some spectacular moments so far this season that have either led to goals or prevented them. Here are the Islanders' top three plays so far this season.
3. Bo Horvat's game-tying goal against the Devils
It was an ugly performance overall for the Islanders, as they allowed four power play goals against the high-flying Devils. After a melee in front of goal involving Kyle Palmieri, Anders Lee, and Mat Barzal, the puck trickled towards Bo Horvat, where he then banked the shot off goaltender Akira Schmid from a difficult angle to nod the game at four with 1:11 remaining in the third. The Isles lost the game in overtime but walked away with a point they didn't necessarily deserve.
2. Noah Dobson's game-winner against the Senators
Noah Dobson faced criticism through the Isles' first few games but has been one of their most reliable since. Co-leader in points this season with seven, Dobson has been turned to often in the absence of Scott Mayfield, averaging nearly 25 minutes a night. In a game where the Isles went up two goals in the first and allowed two in the second, Dobson found the back of the net while jumping into the rush, receiving a pass from Barzal, which he rocketed past Joonas Korpisalo. The goal stood as the game-winner in a 3-2 Islanders victory.
1. Ilya Sorokin's cross-crease save on Bastian
Honestly, Ilya Sorokin may have the top five plays so far this season, whether it be the glove save against Jack Hughes, the paddle save against Nathan MacKinnon, or the save we'll go with, the cross-crease save on Nathan Bastian. After a shot was blocked in front of his crease, the puck fell onto the stick of Bastian, who had a gaping goal in front of him. Appearing to have an easy goal, Sorokin stoned Bastian, pushing off from his right to left, with two players screening him from seeing the shot. In a full split, Sorokin made the desperation save to keep the Isles in the game.