Isles look strong after 3-1 start

After a 2-0 opening night loss last Saturday the Islanders look extremely strong, and have rolled off three straight wins. Leading the way has been John Tavares who is noticeably stronger and faster. Tavares has 8 points in this last 2 games. Much of his success is contributed to the chemistry with line-mates P.A. Parenteau & Matt Moulson.

The goaltending has been exceptional with Al Montoya being a steady force the first 3 games. Evegeni Nabakov made a surprise start last night against the Rangers and showed no rust from not having played in an NHL game in over 500 days.

One factor I noticed with the Islanders is that they aren't panicking when something goes wrong. Numerous times last night the Islanders had the lead and the Rangers tied it up and it seemed as the though momentum had swung. Especially, when the game was tied and the Rangers went on a power play. The Islanders didn't panic and just played their game. Last season they would try to press and ultimately make a mistake leading to a goal the other way.

Next game is Thursday night against Tampa Bay

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