Islanders website: Jason Lockhart has the preview of today's game against the San Jose Sharks.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
San Jose has lost three in a row and played yesterday but most of their games are one goal contests so maybe they are a little tired but it comes down to the Islanders continuing to build on what they have been doing. Someone has to step up every game and do something to help the team win. Nabakov is one of the best goaltenders in the league and players like Thornton, Michalek, Cheechoo and Bernier are very good group of players. Jeremy Roenick also plays for San Jose.
San Jose is the second best penalty killing team in the league. Isles recent surge with the powerplay moved them up to nineteenth. San Jose (31-19-8) has the fewest road losses in the league. Patrick Marleau has been sidelined with a sore groin. His status for Monday's game is uncertain.
Jody Shelley many may recall was traded to San Jose earlier this year after years with Columbus.
Season's not over if they lose this game, but with so many teams in front of them they cannot gain ground on everyone unless they keep winning. Three games in a row is not enough and neither is two games over five hundred.
The hard work and skating has been visible since the Pittsburgh game and the club seems to finally have some confidence in itself.
It has to continue.