The last time the New York Islanders laced up the skates they poured in seven goals versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shortened season or not seven goals for any team is impressive–especially from an Islander team that won just 34 games in the 2012 NHL season.
After a last place finish last year the Islanders may be a beneficiary of the lockout as if they get hot at the right time the will be able to sneak into the playoffs where we know anything is possible. One thing is for sure, if the team continues to pepper the opposition’s goalies they will be in great shape as they are currently sixth in the league with 12 goals over just three games.
In his second year as the Islanders head coach Jack Capuano continues to stress shots on goal as that is the only way to compete in today’s NHL. Capuano is now 62-67 since taking over for Scott Gordon midway through the 2010-11 campaign.
With goal scorers like Matt Moulson the Islanders may be able to grab hold of an Atlantic division that is currently knotted up between three teams including New York. Moulson already has two of the teams 12 goals in 2012 and although he will only be able to play in 48 games he could reach the 30 goal mark for the fourth consecutive season. The left winger is playing alongside 23-year-old Kyle Okposo who is one of the game’s best talents and is getting better with every game.
Capuano will have his work cut out to keep his team fresh and healthy through a lockout shortened season, but the Islanders have the talent to reach the playoffs in 2013.