Coach Jack Capuano didn't even want to address the matter when asked by a reporter about it Tuesday night.
"I don't want to talk about it," he said.
On Tuesday night, there was certainly no need for him to talk about it following an emphatic 6-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche on Nassau Coliseum ice. Six different Islanders scored in the blowout win and players from the top line down to the fourth appeared on the score sheet.
It was another staunch reminder of just how different this Islander squad is from past teams.
The Islanders earned their 10th victory -- a number they didn't reach until Dec. 23 last season -- and did so in resounding fashion. There were no lapses, no defensive breakdowns or bad goaltending. The Islanders controlled play for 60 minutes, the defense did not allow the Avalanche to establish zone time and Jaroslav Halak recorded his second straight shutout.
Not to mention the Islanders had 46 shots.
"We just came out knowing we needed a good start after the couple of days," John Tavares said. "Getting those first couple of goals gave us our legs and fed off the crowd. Had good energy and we just kept going. We saw what was bring success and we just stuck with. We didn't try to change a whole lot and made it tough for them. If we're doing that it makes us hard to play against."
After a woeful start to their West Coast road trip -- a 5-0 loss in Denver -- the Islanders turned things around and have won four straight games. They are 4-1-0 in November.
It is still early in the month, but there is a confidence in the Isles locker room that has not been seen in some time. The team's defense has been solid, with both Halak and backup Chad Johnson playing the way everyone has expected them to play when they signed. And there was no panic when the team hit a rough patch to begin the road trip or as the penalty kill struggled.
The Islanders are now perfect through three games on the penalty kill, even scoring short-handed Tuesday, and the team is riding a winning streak into a short two-game road trip to Florida. They also sit a point behind first-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.
For Capuano, his focus is on improving his team each day.
"Honestly to me it's game by game," he said. "We can sit here and talk about all these things, but, as we tell our team, we come to the rink everyday to get better as individuals and players. Coaches are the same thing. Our mindset is shift by shift, period by period. We know when we play the right way good things can happen for our hockey club. We're a humble team. We've had some success, but we have to be able to sustain that."