21 October 2011
Last nights 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning exposed flaws in the 2011-12 Islanders, mainly the lack of secondary scoring.
Through the first five games the Islanders have primarily had their scoring come from the top line of Tavares, moulson and Parenteau, but have not gotten much production out of their other three lines. Okposo led the team with four shots on goal last night, but there was no cohesiveness with his linemates Nielson and Grabner. By the second period head coach Jack Capuano had begin to make adjustments to his lines, primarily swapping Brian Rolston and Kyle Okposo.
“Our line combinations, for what ever reason, we couldn’t generate offense,” Capuano said in a post-game interview with MSG Plus. “There’s a good chance (of a shake up in lines) happening. Some guys deserve more of an opportunity, maybe some more minutes, but nothing to panic about yet.”
The players too understand that they need to produce more points.
“Still we gotta create more offense,” Grabner said. “Still not playing like we did last year, gotta get more pucks to the net, keep our legs moving a little more and feed off each other.”
The Islanders will have a chance on Saturday to get things back on course when they finish their two game trip Florida trip in Sunrise to take on the Panthers. Capuano will most likely make some adjustments to the lineup. Hopefully stimulating the offense to produce more.
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