Tonight, in what has been a recurring theme in Islanders country the last few seasons, the Islanders failed to play a 60 minute game and ended up on the short end of things being defeated by the Hurricanes 4-3. Here are some of my notes:
-Once again, it is tough to blame tonight's loss on Nabokov because he had zero help from his team. Concerning theme we seem to be seeing early on this season.
-Carkner is absolute garbage! I don't want to hear about presence or intimidation, the guy is paid to be a defenseman and is a bad defenseman, that is a problem! Scratching Donovan for him is just insane.
-Andrew MacDonald has been pretty bad to start the season. At first I thought it would just fix itself as the games continued but he is still struggling. Maybe breaking up him and Hamonic for a bit would do him some good.
-The powerplay was really the only good feature of tonight. Our three powerplay goals are what kept us in this game.
-Heck of a start from Okposo thus far. He might be a frustrating player, but 8 points in 8 games isn't anything to look the other way at.
-The Martin-Cizikas-McDonald line also played pretty well tonight.
-With the injury to Visnovsky, I would look for Radek Martinek to be signed before Tuesdays game.
Overall, tonight was a really frustrating and disappointing game. We don't seem to have the battle level as Jack Capuano would say that we had at the end of last season. On Tuesday, if we come out like we came out tonight that will be a long game.
Next Game: Tuesday @ Home Vs Vanocuver