Islanders GM Snow still believes in his players
Despite a disheartening 0-3-3 start, Islanders general manager Garth Snow said he has faith that the team can reverse direction soon.
"To a man, everyone in that locker room and the organization is disappointed with what has transpired, but we can't dwell on it," Snow said. "We've got to learn from our mistakes and play a full 60 minutes. I believe in the players in that locker room."
Snow said he has seen glimpses of what this Islanders team - only the second in franchise history to go winless in its first six games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau - can do when it sticks to what has proven to be successful.
The biggest concern at this point, however, is consistency.
"We've got to put 60 minutes together,'' Snow said. "We see we can take control of games at times, but our goal and objective is to put 60 minutes together starting Wednesday and build momentum from there."
Snow said he has been encouraged by the success the Islanders have had in portions of several games but wants to see that effort sustained throughout an entire game. He pointed to the Islanders' most recent game - a 4-1 loss to San Jose in which the Islanders dominated the first period but faded in the remaining 40 minutes - as an example.
"You see two different teams. The first 20 minutes, we were disciplined, we played with a lot of jump and energy, But five minutes into the second, we were turning pucks over and not winning the one-on-one battles," Snow said.
"That's our first and foremost focus, that each shift turns into a period and each period turns into a full game. We need to play an effective, full game, which we haven't done to date."
Snow talked about some other positives, including the play of the top line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, who have totaled 20 points in the first six games.
"They've generated scoring chances and been responsible in both ends," Snow said. "That's a plus for our team, but we need more secondary scoring and we need to play our brand of hockey for 60 minutes."
If the team can narrow its focus to stringing together three periods, Snow said, it can prevent the frustration from seeping in and manifesting itself as a negative presence.
"You can't get consumed by the big picture," Snow said. "You have to take it one shift at a time."