Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1/18/16

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The Islanders are not only proving something to the rest of the NHL but are currently showing themselves that they are capable of winning with two of their top defensemen (Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic) out of the lineup.

Yesterday, against the Vancouver Canucks, the Islanders dominated in almost every statistical category of the game but were unable to acquire two points. However, there are a few positives that come with tying the game up late in the third period to earn a point and force overtime.

Confidence is a fickle characteristic for a team, but when Ryan Strome scored with under a minute remaining, the Islanders proved to themselves that they get the job done when the game is on the line.

“We did some good things during the game,” Islanders’ coach Jack Capuano said after the shootout loss. “I just worry about how we play, what our work ethic is, what our structure is and we all come together. We did some really good things. I thought our back end, again tonight, just not having a few guys back there, did a really good job against some skilled forwards.”

The Islanders had 48 shots compared to Vancouver’s 26 but will not let the frustration get to them.

“We can’t be too upset,” alternate captain Kyle Okposo said yesterday. “We would like to get that second (point) tonight but we can’t hang our heads. We played pretty well, we have a few games before the break and we really want to squeak out as many points as we can.”

The Islanders will use the All-Star break to rest up and hopefully get a few guys back in the lineup but for now, they have to keep earning points in any way that they can.

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