Buckle Up Islanders Fans – It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride

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Islanders fans, here we are on the eve of the start of the season. The first of the “Kid that won the Calder” era. JT is gone, Lams and Trotz are here, Matty Martin is back to put some fear into opposing forwards and everything old is new again.

Greiss got the call to be in goal for the opening game. Once again we have a couple of backup goalies platooning to net mind for the Islanders. We all optimists but this year is bound to be a crap shoot. It will take a while and for Lams and Trotz to right the ship after years of Snow at the helm.Not to mention that they really missed the boat on the third jerseys. Come on, those are awful. I’ll keep my Brooklyn blacks thank you.

Here is the likely line up for the start in Raleigh tomorrow night.

Beau-Barzal-Bailey
Lee-Nelson-Eberle
Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck
Komarov-Filppula-Fritz
Pelech-Pulock
Sbisa-Leddy
Hickey-Boychuk
Greiss
Lehner

That does not look like a giant killer of a line up, but there are some bright spots. But you have to ask yourself: Do you feel lucky?

The Good.

This, all of this! Barzal is shifty, crafty and elusive player that is running in some elite company after his rookie season. In case you are unfamiliar or you need to rewatch, feast your peepers on this.

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His puck work and skating is Denis Savard like and he shows all signs of shouldering the massive load that the snakey Pajama Boy left him. Can he make it out of the freshman season with those Calder like numbers. It is an uphill battle for him, especially without JT. Look for him to be fun to watch regardless of the points put up, which should be a considerable tally at the end of the season.

Having Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey on the same line give the fist line proven chemistry. That line should perform well and not have any problems putting the puck in the net. The second line of Lee, Nelson and Eberle looks to be creative and clicking well in the preseason, but that does not a season make.

Keeping the puck out of the net was the problem last year and is likely to be again this season. So, let us move on to the bad.

The Bad

The Goalie situation. The Lehner-Greiss combo has some serious question marks. To be honest there is no one in the hockey community that is not pulling for Robin Lehner. His courage in facing his inner demons is the stuff of legend and we as Islanders fans are all pulling for him, as are most of the NHL fans.

That said, he and Greiss both put up less than stellar numbers last season and unless they have career years this season, it is liable to be a long one for Isles fans.

The Ugly

These GotDamn recycled Stadium series rags. OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES YOU CHOSE THESE?

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Islanders fans here we go! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOLLLYYYYSHHEEEEIIII!!!!!

 

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