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JAFFE'S MORNING SKATE

Saturday, 04.14.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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JAFFE\'S MORNING SKATE

By Billy Jaffe

The Islanders showed in Game One they could handle the speed of the Sabres, but were ineffective in the offensive zone.  Here's my look at the keys to Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal game versus Buffalo, which can be seen MSG at 7:30 pm. Pre-game show starts at 7:00 pm, with the post-game show immediately following the game.

1. Be more aggressive
In Game One, it looked like the Islanders were waiting for and guarding against the Sabres' attack, especially during the first period when the shots were 11-1. The Islanders found their game in the second period, and at times controlled play. They'll need to attack the Sabres' defense with more conviction, and be more physical with them. The Sabres surprisingly out-hit the Islanders in Game One. The Islanders need to come out with more charisma in the first period, and hopefully get the first goal to put the Sabres back on their heels.

2. Back to the basics on the power play
The Sabres showed they could take advantage of their opportunities by putting up two scores on the power play in six chances. While the Islanders only received three power plays, that should still be enough to get at least one tally, which could have changed the whole complexion of the game. The Islanders need to get back to the basics on the power play and just get pucks on goal, crash the net and look for rebounds. It, of course, starts with better entries and puck retrievals on the dump-ins. The Islanders have to battle harder for the loose pucks in the corner. The Sabres might be a faster team, but the Islanders need to use their strength to out-muscle the smaller Sabres defensemen in the corners. Once they retrieve the puck, find a seam and get it on net.

3. Shoot, shoot, shoot
While it's easier said than done, the Islanders have to test Ryan Miller with more than 21 shots - the Islanders' total in Game One. The Islanders did start generating more chances in the second and third periods, but Miller was hardly tested all game. It's the playoffs and anything can happen when you get pucks to the goal with so much riding on every moment.


Catch Jaffe, Howie Rose and Deb Kaufman at 7:00 pm tonight on MSG for the Islanders pre-game show. Islanders telecasts are produced by Kevin Meininger and directed by Larry Roth. You can catch the entire series against Buffalo on FSN NY and MSG.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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