Cappy's Battle Level Week 7

Well it's another week down in the NHL season, & the Islanders are sitting pretty in first in the Metro with 71 points after a grind-it-out, quite frankly scary win against Edmonton.  These are the type of games the Isles NEED to win in order to solidify their playoff spot at the top of the division, and although it hasn't been pretty (the PK is basically an automatic goal at this point), they are still playing relatively well with all of these injuries.

Chad Johnson- I know it may be a little too soon to give Johnson an award considering he's played one game in the past week & a half in a losing effort, but Johnson played probably his best game of the year against his former team in Boston.  He made 34 saves, & the only two goals he gave up were results of direct turnovers in front of the net.  Sometimes as a goalie you need the guys in front of you to step up & keep the puck away from the net.  I thought Chad did a fantastic job & I really hope that's a sign that he's starting to get his confidence back, & in turn the Isles coaching staff will start to trust him more down the road.

Harry Zolnierczyk- He may have only played two games with the Islanders so far, but Harry Z is making a big impression on me in the short time he's been here.  He's like a smaller, quicker Clutterbuck, as he's tenacious in his forechecking & is ferocious on the penalty kill.  Sometimes guys who just work hard deserve time on the PK, and that's what this guy is doing.  At least we know we have quality guys in our system.

Colin McDonald- Speaking of quality guys & depth, how great has the Colin McDonald story been?  He's been called up & sent back to Bridgeport about 5 times in the past 2 weeks, finally gets his opportunity again & turns it into 3 points in two games, including the kind of hustle play to assist Casey Cizikas that makes the Isles 4th line the best in the NHL.  "Diesel" embodies everything an Islander should have; grit, determination, & a nose for the goal.  He knows his job & he knows what he can & can't do, & it seems as though simplicity is the best way to go about things these days.  Props to you Colin, & I hope that you can prove to the coaching staff that you belong in the lineup.

 

The Isles play Toronto on Thursday @ NVMC.  Puck drops @ 7 PM.  The crowd has been great all season & I forsee many more sellouts for the rest of the year.  Follow me @SupRos22 for more Isles coverage & @TCLIsles for more of these fantastic blogs!