For the first time in a long time, the New York Islanders are in a position where a playoff spot could actually be in reach out of the Eastern Conference.
In riding some strong play from John Tavares and some solid role-playing veterans, the Islanders have been one of the big surprises of the 2013 season. They’re on the cusp of the postseason, much to the surprise of virtually everyone on the planet.
If the Islanders hope to reach the postseason, which would be the first time since the 2006-2007 season, they may need just a ltitle bit more in the goals-scoring department from Matt Moulson.
Moulson is quietly one of the better offensive players in the game, coming off of a season in which he notched 69 points. He has 37 on the year so far in 2013, which is a terrific total. But as far as his goals are concerned, there is quite a bit to be desired.
Each of the last three seasons have seen Moulson notch at least 30 goals. He only has 12 goals in 36 games. He had only one in the entire month of March and has only once since April started. He’s still putting up points, in the form of assists, but needs to find the back of the net more often.
If Moulson starts finding twine in the way that we’re used to seeing, then the Islanders’ quest for a playoff spot will become a lot easier than it currently is. If he catches fire and starts potting a few goals before the month is out, we could be looking at this team as a sleeper in the postseason in the Eastern Conference.