This afternoon, the Islanders defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 5-4 in a shootout. Here are some of my notes:
-Yet another solid game from the Nielsen line!! An argument can certainly be made that they have carried us more then the Tavares line has, especially during the latest stretch.
-Not Nabby's best game today! Sure he kept us in the game which is what you want, but this was Nabbys weakest game in a while.
-First line was underwhelming yet again! Thought after the big offensive night from them the other night that it may have gotten them some momentum but it doesn't look like it did. Hopefully, they can find themselves against Carolina.
-Special teams was a big difference in the game today. Although the powerplay did seem to get better as the game went on, can't afford to put up 0's on the powerplay in key games like today.
-Nice to see the team getting a lot of secondary scoring! For years we begged to have secondary production beyond the Tavares line. Well, now we have it and look where we are.
Well, there were a lot of nerves coming into this one amongst fans even given the teams unbelievable play recently. This was a hard fought physical game, but with the two points gained today the team moved into temporary possession of 6th place and a tie for 5th place. Further, they lowered their magic number to 3 to clinch a playoff spot. So with a Jets loss Monday and a win or overtime loss Tuesday playoff hockey will officially be returning to Uniondale. This team is incredible right now and instead of fandom being work like it had been in the last 5+ years its fun again and man is it great!
Next Game: Tuesday @ Carolina (Could possibly clinch a playoff spot with a victory)
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