New York Islanders Want To Take Time Off To Their Advantage

New York Islanders are coming off a winning streak of two games and will now be facing a 12-day pause. The league has delayed cross-border games, which is why this break occurred. The Islanders have just faced the Edmonton Oilers. To face the Seattle Kraken, they would have to cross into the United States. After that matchup, New York was scheduled to travel back to Canada to face the Vancouver Canucks or Oilers again. However, those games have been postponed.

Islanders Head Off on a 12 Day Vacation

After the Islanders’ last matchup against the Oilers, Anthony Beauvillier this to say about the time off ahead of them, “It is what it is. It’s been a weird season for everyone, right? So, we’re just going to take the time off if we don’t have any games and make the most of it, I think. Just get ready, get prepared, get stronger, I mean, it’s really all we can do, and we got to take it the right way, and we’re going to take advantage of this time that we have and keep working on our game.”

Anthony Beauvillier (New York Islanders),Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

The Islanders’ recent play has been a marked improvement over their performance in the Nov. and December 2021 games, when they lost 11 consecutive games. New York won the 4-1 victory against Buffalo after a four-game cancellation at the end Dec. 2021. The Islanders then celebrated the New Year with another hard OT win against Edmonton.

It could be predicted that Beauvillier’s words hold true, and the Islanders are still hard at work in these coming days up until they face New Jersey on Jan. 13. Losing players to COVID protocol is another problem for the Isles.

SportsnetSome players are unhappy about the time a player is under COVID protocol. Some of the players want the league to reduce the 10 day quarantine period, however with Canada’s restrictions so tight currently, this does not seem feasible. The Islanders would be able to bring back some of their team, and they would have time to recover from the break.

The Islanders must accept that this isn’t the case and make do with what they have. Players Kyle Palmieri, Brock Nelson, and Kyle Palmieri are currently allowed to practice. This is a positive sign for New York.

New Yorkers can get more recovery with time off

Just coming back into the lineup for them was Mathew Barzal, who proved stellar against Buffalo, where he gained three points from a goal and two assists – not to mention the countless scoring opportunities he created for his team. After having brought Barzal back from protocol, it would work in New York’s favor to have this time to recover all or most of their players back from off the protocol list. This would give them a stronger and more complete team to face the New Jersey Devils, who have won their last five games consecutively.

“This is a real good opportunity for us, you know we’ve had guys in and out of the lineup, and with COVID or with injuries or whatever, this is a good chance for us to get healthy and press forward because we know it’s going to be a real sprint to the end for starters,” Lane Lambert is an associate coach After the Islanders win, Edmonton.

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It is still very much anticipated that the Islanders will return on January 13. Many fans were hopeful that the team would continue to build momentum and climb back up the standings after they won.

“It is what it is,” Anders Lee, “You don’t have much control over that kind of thing. You know you try to get into a rhythm, you try to get things going, and it’s starting to feel good and string a couple together, but this is what is presented with us and the schedules that are in front of us a little bit.” Lee went on to be optimistic and mentioned using the next couple of days as an advantage for his team.

The coaches and players seem to be in agreement that this will be a blessing for the team, helping them not only recover but also grow stronger.

Bellows Prove To Be A Force

Kieffer bellows has proven himself in the past two games with a combined goal-and-assist of two. He could very well fill in the holes that were made from players missing in the lineup as he’s stepped up his presence on the ice and shown his potential.

His overall stats for this season show that he was slow to score points for the Isles, but he has been using his playing time to make more happen lately. “I think Kieffer has been on a slow and steady burn where he’s taken on the challenges that we’ve given him,” Barry Trotz, Barry Trotz. “I pull him out of the lineup sometimes with some of our lineups with the older guys, but he’s making a case for himself.”

Kieffer Bellows New York Islanders
Kieffer Bellows, New York Islanders (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

I wouldn’t bet on Bellows being the main player that Trotz throughs out onto the ice in a given need, but he is slowly gaining speed and, in time, could be on the list of strong forwards for New York.

“I said to him when he gets to be a more veteran player, a guy that’s played more games, you got just to play well every time that you’re in there, bank some good cred, and when you do, can’t take you out of the lineup,” Additional Trotz.

New York Post’s Ethan Sears referred to Bellows as the unlikely hero against the Sabres as He scored a goal and assist in helping the Isles reach their 3-1 lead as the game progressed (“Kiefer Bellows Propels Islanders Past Depleted Sabres,” New York Post, 12/30/21). In addition, Sears stated how Bellows’ performance lately could lead to him keeping his ice time as more players return into the lineup. While I agree that he may see a lot more ice time in future, I think he still has a lot to play for. Two top games won’t be enough to secure his place.

The Islanders’ progress in their time off will be showcased against the Devils in the next coming days. Like Bellows team status, this could be an opportunity for Bellows to showcase his talents and show why he is such a valuable player.

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