The Islanders passed test number 1 of the 7 Game, 2 week section of the schedule that will determine wether they blow up the roster and start anew, or bolster the lineup in preparation for a serious run at the playoffs. the Islanders beat the Flyers 4-3, however myself and my Blog Box brethren seemed more shocked the team managed to score 4 goals than win the game. Next are the Toronto Maple Leafs up in Toronto. The team has traditionally gone up there and run out fo the building by the Leafs. All of that means nothing at this point but it bears mentioning. 2 Points is the only acceptible outcome for this game. nothing more needs to be said other than I hope to see #55 on the receiving end of an Andy Sutton crushing body check. (Thats for you D). Ill take the win forst, and the check second. Lets look ahead - We have Toronto tonight, Atlanta Saturday then on to San Jose, Washington, Tampa and Jersey. At the end of this stretch we will know what the rest of the season will hold. 6 Games and I would not be over stating that the Islanders need 10 points out of 12 to make it interesting.
Side note - Very classy move by the team that made an announcement that fans in the 300 section can move down to an open seat. I have been to a LOT of games when the stands have been half empty, and the first time I recall seeing a pro team make this announcement. The only shame of it is that they can actually offer this. Id much rather have the stands full, but thats another argument.
POLL RESULTS - 88% of the respondents chose the trade all vets for draft picks and young players if the team cannot turn it around. Thats pretty one sided in any democratic process. The next 6 games are the test. We all know what the team needs to do and that is win. If they can't then its no hold barred as to could and should be traded.