So, the Rangers have lost their third straight game to the Islanders in embarrassing fashion. After the first two losses, where the players looked lethargic and heartless, fans were fast to place the blame on the players. In this third loss, one has to start looking to the scouting and coaching staffs for some answers.
I’m not buying that the Islanders are so much better than the Rangers. The Rangers were able to sweep their Western road trip for the first time their history. They beat league leading Anaheim. They went 8 and 2 before the All Star break. Why can’t they beat the Islanders?
Many Islander fans are quick to spout off that they have such a great team. As usual, they would be incorrect. The reason the Islanders are where they are is because of Jack Capuano.
Who is the first person to get shipped out when a team goes on a prolonged losing streak? The Coach. Just ask Tom Renney. But when things are going well, the coach just stands in the background and the players get the glory.
The Islanders may be in the Rangers heads but I think it is more a case of Capuano being in Vigneault’s head. The Islanders are where they are because of Capuano. For once they have a decent goalie. Picking up Boychuk and Leddy didn’t hurt either.
Some Islander fans have been whining that their season is over because they lost Kyle Okposo for two months. Let’s hope moving forward their worst fears are proven right. They certainly weren’t tonight.