The Islanders “Eat Shit Jamie Hoover” tour continued on a west coast swing Monday night when they thoroughly cooked the Anaheim Ducks in a display of second line dominance over Ducks goalie Carey Price. The Isles record improved to 5-0.
The first star of the game was Nikolaj Ehlers, who, along with Nino Niederreiter, was in on all 3 Islander goals. The Islander power play, which leads the entire league with a 30.7%, netted two more goals on 3 attempts.
Unfortunately, the Isles penalty killing unit has been ineffective to date, ranking 28th in the league, allowing a goal on every fourth kill. This may be due, in part, to the absence of Ian Cole early in the season. Coach Tortorella said “Ian’s healthy again and we’ll be working overtime on the PK in practice this week.”
Brady Skjei was given a game misconduct after cross-checking Adam McQuaid midway through the 2nd period. McQuaid will miss 2-4 weeks while his face heals. The check, being reviewed by the league office, while resulting in the gash on McQuaid’s chin, did not appear to be malicious. Skjei was quoted in a post-game interview, “What can I say? His face got in the way of my stick.”
Next up are the ever dangerous Los Angeles Kings. The Kings, who are without David Desharnais, (out with a separated shoulder), own a 2-3-1 record after 6 games. Led by Auston Matthews, GM Carter added Phil Kessel late last week in a costly attempt to improve the forward lineup. Lucas Wallmark was brought up to center the 3rd line while Desharnais recovers.
At 5-0, the Islanders are off to a hot start and looking to keep it going in the City of Angels Tuesday and then hope to complete the perfect western trip in San Jose on Thursday.
GM Steve said "We're seriously considering our endorsements this week. Things are looking better than expected. The Hoover ranking are definitely serving as inspiration. We're better than that."