Islanders need to set the #1

I do not understand it. Do I need to personally walk into Scott Gordon’s coaching office an sit down and explain to him to finally secure the #1 goalie position? Should I be the one to go up to Gordon and tell him that Dwayne Roloson needs to get at least four straight starts? If I am, let me know.

I am a Martin Biron supporter, do not get me wrong. He had a brilliant game against the Flyers, as well as a few other times this season. Unfortunately he only has two wins to his credit. Yesterday proved that the team plays two different types of hockey when the goalies are being swapped game in and game out. Biron deserves better, that’s for sure.

We all know that Roloson was signed on to be the #1 this season, and in a sense he is. Biron getting as many games as he has so far is surprising. I seriously hope that Gordon get’s off the one game goalie switch.

Enough about that. I know that none of us even want to remember, let alone discuss yesterday’s blow out either. Unfortunately, Biron is just another name on that list (didn’t I say enough about that?). The amazing 5 on 3 killing came to an end as well yesterday against the New Jersey Devils. If you didn’t notice, the Devils went on to hammer the Isles 6-1.

There is a massive lack on this team right now. Actually, let me re-phrase that. The New York Islanders are lacking leadership and discipline. The team can not seem to stay out of the box, and well, with Doug Weight already on the shelf and now Andy Sutton to miss anywhere from two to four weeks, they are lacking the veteran presence that they really could use at this point in the season.

Currently preparing to play road game number two of this five game trip, the Islanders are in travel to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers on Wednesday. The Thrashers are one of the teams that have managed to find chemistry in their game and are off to a great start this young NHL season. If the Islanders can skate and keep up with the quick forwards of the Thrashers, they will have a chance to come out of the tilt with two points. Dwayne Roloson will need to stand tall, as he has done this entire season, between the pipes. In all honesty though, isn’t it time to give Roloson a break and give him somewhat of an easy game? What do I mean you ask? Keep the shot count to under thirty. I know, easier said then done.

To sum it all up: the kids need to step up their games a notch, the (remaining) veterans need to help the kids out in that mission, the discipline needs to be discussed in length by the coaching staff, and the team needs to seriously step up in total (especially in front of Roloson). The Islanders are more then able to obtain two points against the offensively gifted Atlanta team, it’s up to the team to do just that. A victory is not gained by the play of one player in a team sport. Let’s hope this Islanders club comes out and provides us with a full team, full sixty-minute effort.

The Islanders, if they are hopeful for a playoff appearance this season, need to get out of the groove of winning one then losing one. A three or four game winning streak needs to commence as soon as Wednesday. Let’s put the Devils game behind us and move onto the next game.

Quick hits:

Frans Nielsen, who was injured against the Devils, still needs further evaluation before anything is released.

Andrew Macdonald was sent back to Bridgeport, however, I think he will be in the lineup on this road trip with the time Sutton is going to miss.

John Tavares is a freshman phenom.

Rick DiPietro is still practicing with the team, but that is all that anyone (even Ricky) knows at this point.

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