Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
Every Friday throughout the season, Islanders Point Blank will take a look at the week that was. The good, the bad and yes, even the ugly.
We will also check where the Islanders stand comparatively to the rest of the NHL and where they might be going, analyze roster moves made and analyze and break down what it all means.
Friday, Oct. 28-Thursday, Nov. 3
Record: 1-1-1, 8 GF, 9 GA, 1/9 PP, 11/15 PK
10/30 - Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 1: The final score hardly reflected the play on the ice, as the Islanders lost in possession and found themselves good fortune with the combination of Jhonas Enroth's goaltending and the Barclays Center boards. Thomas Greiss was impressive, stopping 34 shots in the victory after a weekend that saw Allan Walsh bring more drama into the Islanders family with his tweets regarding the playing/practice time of clients Jaroslav Halak and J-F Berube.
11/1 - Tampa 6, Islanders 1: This one certainly stings. In a rematch of last season's second playoff round, the Islanders returned to national TV with an NBCSN televised game against the Lightning, who came in struggling and on their heels after being routed in Manhattan two nights earlier. Midway through the second period, it was 6-0 Tampa and half of the quarter fans that showed up were beginning to leave. Many passengers in this one.
11/3 - Flyers 3, Islanders 2 (SO): The Islanders once again found it difficult in not only transition, but to even complete two passes in a row during this one. Another late goal against, this one by Matt Read with a minute left, ties it and Claude Giroux dekes out Brooklyn for the shootout winner. New York was fortunate to grab a point out of this one. Halak was fantastic in defeat and clearly still emotionally invested in this team, smashing a laundry bin on his way back to the locker room.
Record: 4-6-1, 9 PTS (41 percent), 7th in Metro division (minus-1), 15th Eastern conference (minus-2). 30 GF, 34 GA, PP 12.5 pecent (23rd), PK 81.4 percent (17th).
Leading Scorers: John Tavares (5-4-9), Brock Nelson (3-6-9), Josh Bailey (2-5-7)
Goaltending: Halak (2.94 GAA, .908 save percentage), Greiss (2.87 GAA, .908 save percentage)
Advanced: Anthony Beauvillier (52 percent), John Tavares (50.6 percent), Nikolay Kulemin (50.4 percent)
Dennis Seidenberg: The 35-year-end defenseman has found the fountain of youth, playing excellently in his defensive zone while adding an unexpected offensive punch. He is currently second on the team with four goals, one Tavares.
Shane Prince: Has provided a spark since returning to the lineup from a lower-body injury and has collected four points in six games. The Islanders are a team built on speed and Prince fits the bill perfectly.
Johnny Boychuk: Providing locker room leadership as well as on-ice guidance, Boychuk is obviously over whatever seemed to be nagging him last season. After a training camp medical scare, he is jumping into the play more than ever while maintaining his responsibilities in his own zone.
Special Teams: The penalty kill, so strong to start the year, has regressed, allowing four huge power-play goals in their last two games. The power play is still a disorganized mess, showing nothing in the way of cohesion or transition. Zone entries are brutal.
Anders Lee: With one goal in 11 games, Lee is finding the going tough in the early going. Even a switch back to a line with Nelson and Ryan Strome has not afforded the former 25-goal scorer any consistent chances to get on the scoresheet.
Berube: Still sitting, still waiting. Berube has yet to enter a game this season and is missing out on valuable development while general manager Garth Snow tries to solve the three-goaltender riddle he wrote.
Internal Strife? Jack Capuano, for the first time in his tenure, seemed to take a shot at management last night when he referred to the offense his team lost and the six defensemen on the active roster. Whether it had true intent behind it or just said out of frustration, it marks the first public sign of potential internal issues within the organization.
Question of the week
Eleven games in, it is clearly not time to be pushing any panic buttons and making bad, rushed decisions that could potentially derail any future success. However, if Snow waits too long, he risks losing the 2016-17 season and with it being only the second in Brooklyn, who knows how bad things could spiral from there. When is the right time? And what to do?