By Nick Colombo
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1. The NHL is Inconsistent: When a player in this league commits a ridiculous penalty that could permanently injure someone, that’s a one game suspension. James Wisniewski makes a lewd motion with his mouth and that’s a two game suspension. Please someone explain the logic of this to me? Wisniewski deserved to be disciplined, because a league can’t have players acting like that in front of fans. But two games? Give me a break. Next time James, just hit Avery in the face with your stick. This way you get your point across better and you’ll only miss 1 game.
2. The System Works: Despite all the injuries, the Islanders have three points in three games and have held their own against some very good teams in the Stars, Rangers, and Capitals. It’s just another example of what Scott Gordon’s high-pressure fore check system can accomplish. Creating intense pressure means something can happen at anytime, that nothing can become something at any instant, and if it’s executed properly the Isles will be in every game.
3. Rollie’s Still Got It: Personally, I thought Dwayne Roloson turned in a great game against the Caps. Demonstrating, yet again, how the quest to kiss Rick DiPietro’s bootie shouldn’t mean not giving Rollie quality time in net. In DP’s defense, he’s looked okay in his first two games, especially since he hasn’t played consistently in so long. Time will tell how the Islanders split up the goaltending duties, but if winning is the goal, I hold steady to my opinion that Roloson needs to start often.