A few thoughts after looking over the stats from tonight’s Islanders 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars.
1. Scoring 7 goals on a night when John Tavares goes without a point? That secondary scoring problem that has dogged the team for the last couple of years might not be as big an issue this year. 32 goals in 8 games is a pretty good indication that this team can score.
2. Giving up 5 goals? Still some work to do on the defensive end. 27 goals against in 8 games? Yikes.
3. The Stars are a good team. Beating them does mean something, but they are not nearly as good when stating their backup goalie.
4. The early season injuries to Grabovski, Grabner, Bailey, Hamonic, etc. show that you can never have enough NHL level talent on hand. The fact that the Isles have withstood these injuries without having a lot of kids who obviously aren’t ready yet playing, is a sign that the depth level is probably the best it’s been in years!
Now let’s not test the depth any further, or have too many more scoreless JT nights, ok?
Issue with them over last few years wasn’t scoring it was stopping teams. Other than tonight they have done a decent job.
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Defense was always a bigger problem but they would also go long stretches where the second and third line players didn’t score at all. This team shouldn’t have that problem