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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:33 am 
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https://www.nhl.com/islanders/schedule/2017-10-01/ET


A three day break in Oct.
A four day break in Nov.
Nine games in 15 days in Dec. A three day break around Christmas.
Five games in eight days Dec-Jan, then a five day break. Weird.
A three day break toward the end of Feb.
A three day break mid-March, then a ton of games to finish out the season; 13 games in 19 days.

Looks like a pretty good schedule overall. None of the weird 9 day breaks like they had last year and the year before.

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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
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Isles at Blue Jackets tonight. Healthy scratches- Pelech, Pulock (both D) & Ho-Sang. Thoughts are that Seidenberg provided wily veteran presence over the two youngsters, Mayfield provides more toughness vs the physical Blue Jackets, and I guess Weight is trying to let Ho-Sang know that nothing is given. Perhaps he's also just giving another nod to veteran presence by having Chimera play. Most fans guessed the 3 scratches would be Chimera, Mayfield and Seidenberg. Actually, that's what most fans hoped for. I don't know what they expected. I think most Isles fans forget that Chimera put up 20 goals last year and dislike him because he's old. Well if he's still scoring, who cares how old he is? Sure Ho-Sang is more dynamic overall, but it's a long season & 3 skaters have to be scratched every night now that they aren't carrying 3 goalies.

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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:00 pm 
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1-1-1 after 3 games. Didn't show up vs the Blue Jackets, scored AND allowed 2 SH goals vs the Sabres en route to a 6-3 win, then came back from being down 2-0 with 6:00 to go and force a SO, but didn't score in the SO and lost to the Blues.

Not terrible. Not great. Still don't have a PP goal after 3 games. But they have 2 SH. WTF?

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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
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Ho-Sang holding the puck too much? Thought that was out of his system if so.


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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:16 pm 
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Hounsy wrote:
Ho-Sang holding the puck too much? Thought that was out of his system if so.


No, he's been pretty good, although he doesn't seem anywhere near as confident as he did in pre-season. He's drawn a few penalties with his speed. They just aren't getting pucks on net enough in general, and certainly not on the PP. Still the same bullshit of drop passes in the neutral zone, so the forwards wind up standing on the blue line waiting for the D or center to bring it in, and then the others have no speed, so they enter, and again, drop pass... It's so predictable it's ridiculous, and it moves slowly, with no creativity. I was hoping Gomez would kill that shit immediately. Nope. New year, same bullshit.

And they aren't using Pulock & his bomb of a shot on the PP. Guy shoots 106 MPH and you don't put him on the PP??? He scares the crap out of defenders, especially on the PP when he has time. When they used him on it vs Florida in the playoffs 2 years ago it totally changed Florida's PK system. Why the hell wouldn't you use him on it, especially when the current system isn't working now and didn't work last year?

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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
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Do the Isles really have a dynamic puckmover on the blue line? I know Boychuk, Leddy, and De Haan are all very capable offensively but I wonder if they need some more speed on the back end.


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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
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Pokecheque wrote:
Do the Isles really have a dynamic puckmover on the blue line? I know Boychuk, Leddy, and De Haan are all very capable offensively but I wonder if they need some more speed on the back end.


If it weren't for Leddy's speed he'd be well below average. His speed is probably top 10 in the NHL. On a big market, playoff team, he'd get Norris attention.
De Haan has been a fucking turnover machine through three games. I turned off the game vs Columbus due to him giving it away twice, resulting in goals against. Game vs the Blues was the same. Perfect non-outlet pass right onto Terasenko's stick. Last guy you want to give it to in your own end. Boychuk is a jack of all trades D-man. Very good shot, but he's not that good of a passer. Pulock's shot makes him scared, and he uses it to create space. He fakes a shot and all defenders tense up, then he makes pass while he's got the time. He's not an amazing passer in his own right, but when he uses that fake slapper, it works wonders to create time. Boychuk should take note, instead of still trying to shoot through people's shins like a peewee. :lol: Devon Toews is in the AHL for now, but I wouldn't be surprised if he makes one of the current D expendable very soon. He's shown great things. He's fast, has great vision, creativity, and good first passes. That's one of the things the Isles D hasn't had- good first passes. Too often their outlet attempts are in someone's skates or miss them entirely.

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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
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I like Leddy's game. He's dynamic and unheralded. I agree that if he was on another team he'd get Norris consideration.

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 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 schedule
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3-2 loss to the Ducks. Now 0-15 on the PP for the season. Fucking really? I thought the PP would be "new and improved" with all the new coaches coming in. Silly me. It's still the momentum killing drop passes through the neutral zone.

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