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Ben Shelley
Joined: 03.12.2019

Saturday @ 10:31 AM ET
Ben Shelley: Game 1 Preview: Islanders vs. Panthers
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 10:48 AM ET
I don't understand 32 on the third line either, but it's better than Komarov. Maybe we'll see some chemistry develop, but it seems a bit early to throw Johnston into a scoring role.

Trotz is hoping the 4th line will return to their old self by keeping MM in. Lets hope....

Prediction: If the offense doesn't show up for game 1, big changes will follow. In exhibition, Fla looked like they were playing for the lottery. Isles should have no roblem scoring 4 or 5 goals.
NYIFan4Life
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.30.2018

Saturday @ 11:16 AM ET
Ross isn't playing for his offense, I believe he's playing to offer protection for the Islanders if things get feisty. Just having him on the ice keeps the other team honest and allows our skill players to feel more confident.
hammer460
Season Ticket Holder
New York Islanders
Location: lyndonville, VT
Joined: 06.07.2013

Saturday @ 11:39 AM ET
Ross isn't playing for his offense, I believe he's playing to offer protection for the Islanders if things get feisty. Just having him on the ice keeps the other team honest and allows our skill players to feel more confident.

Then why is Martin in? If Ross is in, Martin is out and bellows is in for me.
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 12:04 PM ET
Ross isn't playing for his offense, I believe he's playing to offer protection for the Islanders if things get feisty. Just having him on the ice keeps the other team honest and allows our skill players to feel more confident.

Then why is Martin in? If Ross is in, Martin is out and bellows is in for me.

- hammer460


Yeah, I'm with you. Martin can more than handle anything Fla can bring, so why have both? IMO, Ross is in to try and give Pageau some scoring opportunities. Pags is wasted otherwise. I think Wahlstrom would be a good choice for the 3rd.
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Saturday @ 12:42 PM ET
Yeah, I'm with you. Martin can more than handle anything Fla can bring, so why have both? IMO, Ross is in to try and give Pageau some scoring opportunities. Pags is wasted otherwise. I think Wahlstrom would be a good choice for the 3rd.
- Puckin_Island

nyisles7
New York Islanders
Location: I’m always right, NY
Joined: 01.20.2009

Saturday @ 12:51 PM ET

- eichiefs9

Wildschwein
Location: Foremost Prophet of The Jesus Greiss Church of Latter-Game Tits.
Joined: 11.17.2012

Saturday @ 1:29 PM ET

- eichiefs9


Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 1:39 PM ET
Because Komarov is the better scoring choice.

Some people just watch hockey, others actually understand the game.
Wildschwein
Location: Foremost Prophet of The Jesus Greiss Church of Latter-Game Tits.
Joined: 11.17.2012

Saturday @ 1:49 PM ET
Because Komarov is the better scoring choice.

Some people just watch hockey, others actually understand the game.

- Puckin_Island


Komarov is probably no better and perhaps worse than Johnston, true. But saying Johnston is in the lineup primarily to create scoring chances is a bit absurd. He’s in there because he’s big, mean and will (frank) Panthers up in the greasy areas. Any scoring chances that might occur as a result are just a nice little bonus.
Ratsreign
Florida Panthers
Joined: 10.27.2017

Saturday @ 2:01 PM ET
Q is putting Huberdeau back with Barkov and Dadonov. Assuming Vatrano just moves to line 2, but haven't heard that for sure.
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 2:03 PM ET
Komarov is probably no better and perhaps worse than Johnston, true. But saying Johnston is in the lineup primarily to create scoring chances is a bit absurd. He’s in there because he’s big, mean and will (frank) Panthers up in the greasy areas. Any scoring chances that might occur as a result are just a nice little bonus.
- Wildschwein


I disagree. Who on Fla is Ross protecting the Islanders from? They are one of the softest teams in the NHL. Matt can handle them, no problem. Trotz is high on Ross, and I see why. You guys see him as a big goon because you don't watch his work along the boards, how fast he gets down the ice, his wrist shot, clean passes, etc. You can't get past the 'big goon' image.

With Pageau, who would you rather have..

Screening the net?
working the wall?
driving the net?
Getting back to help on defense?

Hands down, it's Ross. I just wish Trotz had given him more ice time this year.



There are better choices to add scoring chances. Just look at who was in the lineup during the win/point streak. The replacements were a big part of that streak.
Wildschwein
Location: Foremost Prophet of The Jesus Greiss Church of Latter-Game Tits.
Joined: 11.17.2012

Saturday @ 2:06 PM ET
Q is putting Huberdeau back with Barkov and Dadonov. Assuming Vatrano just moves to line 2, but haven't heard that for sure.
- Ratsreign


Upstate_isles
New York Islanders
Location: Bitch Lasagna , NY
Joined: 05.12.2016

Saturday @ 2:08 PM ET
Johnston is clearly in to give the offense a jump start
Wildschwein
Location: Foremost Prophet of The Jesus Greiss Church of Latter-Game Tits.
Joined: 11.17.2012

Saturday @ 2:10 PM ET
I disagree. Who on Fla is Ross protecting the Islanders from? They are one of the softest teams in the NHL. Matt can handle them, no problem. Trotz is high on Ross, and I see why. You guys see him as a big goon because you don't watch his work along the boards, how fast he gets down the ice, his wrist shot, clean passes, etc. You can't get past the 'big goon' image.

With Pageau, who would you rather have..

Screening the net?
working the wall?
driving the net?
Getting back to help on defense?

Hands down, it's Ross. I just wish Trotz had given him more ice time this year.



There are better choices to add scoring chances. Just look at who was in the lineup during the win/point streak. The replacements were a big part of that streak.

- Puckin_Island


I don’t view Johnston as a goon, but rather like Martin. A 4th line energy winger that’s a female dog to play against. But nor do I view him as a scorer.

As to whom I’d rather have as 3LW next to Pageau, well that’d be Bellows.
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 2:19 PM ET
I don’t view Johnston as a goon, but rather like Martin. A 4th line energy winger that’s a female dog to play against. But nor do I view him as a scorer.

As to whom I’d rather have as 3LW next to Pageau, well that’d be Bellows.

- Wildschwein


Rather than scorer, I should have explained he would/could help his line
mates with scoring. I believe he will develop into a goal scorer, but it will take time. Have you seen his wrist shot?

The one area where Kom is a little better is defensive plays in the D zone, which tells me Ross wasn't inserted for defense. Fla is soft physically, so added 'protection' doesn't seem necessary for this series.

Ross would be better on the 4th, but I think Trotz wants to give MM one more chance. It's possible we see Ross on the 4th next game and someone else come in for Kom.

Someone who can actually talk hockey. Yay for wild.
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 2:23 PM ET
Johnston is clearly in to give the offense a jump start
- Upstate_isles


Nice to see you come around /sarcasm but lets not get carried away here.
Upstate_isles
New York Islanders
Location: Bitch Lasagna , NY
Joined: 05.12.2016

Saturday @ 2:24 PM ET
I hate the rangers but I don't want them to get the #1 pick......almost want them to won cause if they do get it they will be awesome in 2 year
streaks
New York Islanders
Joined: 02.25.2018

Saturday @ 2:32 PM ET
I hate the rangers but I don't want them to get the #1 pick......almost want them to won cause if they do get it they will be awesome in 2 year
- Upstate_isles

Agreed. Was thinking the same thing. They’re gonna be good even without the possibility of getting #1. Can’t wait for the shesterkin/sorokin rivalry to begin.
Wildschwein
Location: Foremost Prophet of The Jesus Greiss Church of Latter-Game Tits.
Joined: 11.17.2012

Saturday @ 2:33 PM ET
Rather than scorer, I should have explained he would/could help his line
mates with scoring. I believe he will develop into a goal scorer, but it will take time. Have you seen his wrist shot?

The one area where Kom is a little better is defensive plays in the D zone, which tells me Ross wasn't inserted for defense. Fla is soft physically, so added 'protection' doesn't seem necessary for this series.

Ross would be better on the 4th, but I think Trotz wants to give MM one more chance. It's possible we see Ross on the 4th next game and someone else come in for Kom.

Someone who can actually talk hockey. Yay for wild.

- Puckin_Island


I have seen his wrist shot, but I just don’t see what you see. If anything I’d say he tops out as 25 point bottom 6 forward.

As far as Komarov goes, I’d just as soon not see him play at all.
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 2:38 PM ET
I have seen his wrist shot, but I just don’t see what you see. If anything I’d say he tops out as 25 point bottom 6 forward.

As far as Komarov goes, I’d just as soon not see him play at all.

- Wildschwein


We'll see. I'm not predicting him to be the next Wilson, who started out weak offensively. Look at him now. But Ross has been the better player all year over MM, Kom or even Clutter. The Isles are a team with too many character/pesky guys and not enough go-to-the-net type players. Next year I hope to see Ross settle in with a single line and see what he does.
Upstate_isles
New York Islanders
Location: Bitch Lasagna , NY
Joined: 05.12.2016

Saturday @ 2:40 PM ET
We'll see. I'm not predicting him to be the next Wilson, who started out weak offensively. Look at him now. But Ross has been the better player all year over MM, Kom or even Clutter. The Isles are a team with too many character/pesky guys and not enough go-to-the-net type players. Next year I hope to see Ross settle in with a single line and see what he does.
- Puckin_Island

Yea they need to drive the net more but you need hands to finish. He's OK but remember Wilson was a 1st round pick so he always had talent
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 2:51 PM ET
Yea they need to drive the net more but you need hands to finish. He's OK but remember Wilson was a 1st round pick so he always had talent
- Upstate_isles


Exactly. If a number 1 pick took a couple of full schedule years to find his scoring, why expect RJ to be lighting it up after 3 years of spot play? Go check out some of his goals on youtube. He does have puck skill. He just needs stable ice time to develop.
streaks
New York Islanders
Joined: 02.25.2018

Saturday @ 2:53 PM ET
We'll see. I'm not predicting him to be the next Wilson, who started out weak offensively. Look at him now. But Ross has been the better player all year over MM, Kom or even Clutter. The Isles are a team with too many character/pesky guys and not enough go-to-the-net type players. Next year I hope to see Ross settle in with a single line and see what he does.
- Puckin_Island

Trotz must see something in his game, or not enough in the other options games to be giving Ross third line time. I like his game. Hopefully he has a Gordie Howe hatty tonight. One can dream.
Puckin_Island
New York Islanders
Location: Long Island, NY
Joined: 08.28.2019

Saturday @ 2:58 PM ET
Trotz must see something in his game, or not enough in the other options games to be giving Ross third line time. I like his game. Hopefully he has a Gordie Howe hatty tonight. One can dream.
- streaks


Ross has calmed down on the fighting. I hope that continues. We'll see who handles any problems, Ross or MM.
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