The Islanders Informer
by William Morrison on 09/26/11 at 09:13 PM ET
Mark Streit hadn’t played a game in 17 months, but if Saturday was any indication, Streit hasn’t missed a beat. While playing 24 minutes in a 6-2 Islanders preseason win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, Streit scored one goal and notched two assists. The Islanders missed Streit quarterbacking the power play last season. With Streit manning the point, the Islanders were three for six on the power play. Streit looked like he is in great shape and skated well. Playing 24 minutes this early in the preseason is a good indication of things to come this season. Streit showed no ill effects coming off of two shoulder surgeries in the offseason.
The Islanders number one power play unit Saturday night featured Streit, Travis Hamonic, Frans Nielsen, Matt Moulson, and John Tavares. With Streit manning the point, the Isles number one power play unit has the potential to be one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
I know it is the preseason and you have to take things with a grain of salt, but Streit looked great and Isles fans have to be giddy about what a healthy Streit can provide to the team this season. Streit had a lot of eyes on him Saturday night and he was nothing short of spectacular.
Other TII thoughts from Saturday night’s game: I’m not sure what the Isles coaching staff was thinking putting Ryan Strome on a line with Tim Wallace and Jay Pandolfo. You would think that the team would want to give Strome the chance to showcase his talent, but putting him on a line with Wallace and Pandolfo severely restricts him of that opportunity. All indications are that the Isles are probably going to sign Steve Staios after inking him to a training camp tryout last week. Staios wasn’t spectacular on Saturday night, but he is a solid veteran defenseman that gives the Isles some depth. I expect Josh Bailey to play better as the season approaches. Bailey had a lot of distractions in the offseason and hopefully those were a contributing factor to him not looking great on Saturday. I was a little bit worried with how Bailey played, but it is only preseason and we will see what happens in the next two games.
The Islanders play the Calgary Flames in Calgary tomorrow night at 9 PM in a game that will be televised by the NHL Network in the US. The Isles conclude their preseason slate on Friday, September 30 against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
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