Second Line Powers New York Islanders’ Offense To Victory
Heading into the season, most fans of the New York Islanders weren’t really sure if the secondary scoring was in place. After last night’s win, it appears that the scoring is indeed there. The line of Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey and Frans Neilsen each had three-point nights en route to the Islanders 6-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Grabner and Neilsen each had three assists, while Bailey chipped in a goal and two assists. Those guys have been the best line, or at least the most consistent line from the start of the year. Neilsen, Grabner and Bailey haven’t skipped a beat from training camp.
Just how good has that line been from the start of the season? The trio has combined for 15 points through three games. That’s insane. Normally, you would figure something like that to come from the Tavares line. It is, however, something that has been a long time coming.
There have been times in the past where that line with Neilsen and Bailey have been invisible. That’s not the case anymore. Some wondered if the success those guys had during the playoff rush from last year would carry over into this season. Well, wonder no more — because that line is clicking. The success has indeed carried over, and its taking a lot of pressure off the likes of John Tavares and Matt Moulson.
A couple of other things worth noting from this win over the Coyotes: the Islanders’ 2-0-1 start is their best through three games since 2001-02, when they started that season 3-0-0. The Islanders’ offense has really been clicking over the first three games this year, as they have scored in eight of nine regulation periods so far this season.