On the Rails – Isles Resolutions 2016

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29:  Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders celebrates a first period goal with teammates during NHL game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs December 29, 2015 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)

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Happy New Year fellow Islanders fans!

I know we haven’t gotten to know each other much over the past three weeks of “On the Rails”, but I feel like 2016 is going to bring great things to this column and Islanders Insight in general.

Okay, now that the sappiness is over, let’s get down to business first and recap the week that was.

WEEK IN REVIEW

The boys played a home-and-home stretched out over three days against the Toronto Maple Leafs and it was quite a contrast of results.

First the Isles hosted Toronto at the Barclays Center and the performance can only best be described as this…

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The Islanders looked disjointed for a good 54 minutes – forgetting to make crisp passes and how to properly hockey it up until Nikolay Kulemin cut a 2-0 deficit in half, but alas it wasn’t enough for the Brooklyn Boys.

So fast-forward two days – Jack Capuano installed line combination version 63 in Toronto to see if John Tavares figures out how to score again.

Well…that led to something like this…

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The Islanders looked like a completely different team scoring-wise. Tavares looked comfortable with Josh Bailey and Anders Lee (he scored a goal!) and every player but one registered a point (I’m looking at you Okposo…) in an impressive 6-3 victory.

A solid 2-1 victory last night on New Year’s Eve has everyone feeling good, minus Johnny Boychuk, heading into January.

Things will get exponentially tougher for the Isles next week, and I only use that word “exponentially” because I learned it in math class, which means “crappier, and crappier and crappier.” (Lewis Black anyone? I’m full of references so get used to it).

The Islanders have the Penguins, Stars and Capitals on the docket and would pose a challenging start to the new year.

I’d say if the Isles come out of this trifecta with at least one win, it’ll be a success. IS THAT TO MUCH TO ASK FOR?

#ISLESRESOLUTIONS 

This week I asked for your #IslesResolutions to celebrate the new year.

You guys didn’t fail me.

First off, let me lead with mine.

#IslesTwitter, I know we have had our issues, but I promise to lighten up on you this year. You Gay be nuts, but you’re the backbone of these crazy fans. Keep on keeping on guys. 

Okay. That took a lot.

Now, on to the resolutions!

Thanks guys! Hope you all stayed safe and work hard on keeping these!

See you all next week.

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