I love the Flyers, and no other team. I want us to win a Cup, and there is no other team that I accept as an alternative. There are 29 other fanbases that feel the same way about their own club. We all have one goal, and we all have an effect on one another. Since our Fansided Network is doing a 30 day preview to get ready for the 2011-12 season, I’ll be looking at how much of a threat each team is to our own Cup hopes. Today, we have the New York Islanders.
The Isles have been downright pathetic for years. But, that has allowed them to stockpile some draft picks and prospects. At what point do things come together, and when does this team break out? Forget who they signed, lost, traded, etc (all nobodies). None of their transactions involved major players. For this team, it’s all about the youth movement. Grabner, Parenteau, Tavares and Comeau can all score. That’s fine, but can this team can the puck out of their own net? They were one of the worst at that last season, and it doesn’t seem like they improved much. And if they can’t keep opponents from filling up their net, their hopes of making the playoffs, let alone competing for a Cup, are just a pipe dream. Rick DiPietro is good, when healthy. If he can stay healthy, we’ll see if he’s still that good. Although, if he’s hurt or not performing, they have a sick backup in Nabokov.
Yeah, the Islanders are in our division, but they are no rival. They’ve been so bad for so long, that I don’t think anyone outside of their own fans cares about them. We will play them 6 times this season. Beating them 6 times is a real expectation. Anything short of that is a disappointment. I don’t care how much they can score, we should be able to dominate them and keep them penned in their own end. If not, then we suck. And aside from Grabner, none of their forwards have shown a high skill level that should be feared. Duplicating last years numbers won’t be that easy for them. They all need to learn to be much better in their own end if they hope to become relevant.
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