Forget the talk about rebuilding, Doug Weight said - the Islanders already are firmly in contention for a playoff spot.
"It's not a process, it's here," Weight said. "We're good enough."
Weight said the team has confidence in its ability to beat anyone in the Eastern Conference, especially when playing such a scrappy, hard-working style.
"That's a source of great pride for our club," Weight said. "It's almost become a sort of rallying cry for us before the game."
If the Islanders can sustain that type of effort, Weight believes they have great playoff potential.
"We're good enough to beat a team in a seven-game playoff series,'' he said, "and we're good enough to be in the playoffs."
Nice debut for Kohn
Defenseman Dustin Kohn got an assist in his NHL debut Thursday in the Islanders' 2-1 shootout win over Florida.
"I felt pretty good," Kohn said. "I felt I played fairly solid in my own end, which was my No. 1 concern, and to be able to contribute offensively was a bonus."
Said coach Scott Gordon: "Overall, he didn't get himself in a lot of trouble or make a lot of mistakes. The mistakes he did make were small ones and likely just from inexperience."
Brodeur never rests
Last night marked Martin Brodeur's 29th straight start. The Devils goalie entered with a 30-15-1 record, a 2.17 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Former Islanders goaltender Yann Danis has not started since Nov. 21 in Dallas.