Less is more when the Islanders consider how few goals they are scoring — two per game so far.
“You try not to put it too much in their heads,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of his team’s 3-0 loss to Pittburgh Tuesday night — the second time they were shut out in seven games going into Thursday night’s rematch in Pittsburgh. “Obviously, there were some deficiencies in our game that we showed them on video, that are teaching tools. But, at the same time, you show a lot of good, guys around the net. We did have a lot of chances and hopefully it’ll just come for them, and when it comes it will continue.”
It’s not as if the potential scorers aren’t already thinking about the process. “You just try to shoot more,” said Kyle Okposo, still looking for his first goal. “For me, I’m just trying to shoot, shoot everything I can and maybe something squeaks by. You look for holes. You look to your favorite spots a lot, then goalies start to know your tendencies, they start to read your shot. You’ve just got to try and look to holes and even try to get some through him. Everything happens so fast out there, you just kinda got to use your instincts.”
Matt Moulson, with two goals so far, admitted to having “a couple of spots where I like to shoot. I’ll take a quick peek ... it’s kind of like a quarterback going through his reads. You quickly kind of decifer where the opening is. But there are a couple spots that are trusted in key situations.”
Sometimes, said John Tavares, who has six goals in seven games, his shot depends “on the way certain goalies play. Sometimes the way you have a certain kind of release or certain kind of shot, it’ll make the goalie react a different way and it’ll open up a hole that you may not see, but when he adjusts it might create that hole you’re looking for.
“It all depends on how much time you have. A lot of it is instinct. You just try to put it in the best spot go give yourself a chance to score.”
Capuano pronounced himself “happy with our performance offensively” in Tuesday’s loss. “We were involved, we had quite a few shots , got to the net. The guys weren’t rewarded, but if they continue to to that, the puck will go in ... ”
More than it has, he hopes.