Doug Weight didn’t exactly cause a stir when he casually mentioned Thursday that he’s likely going to start Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle with John Tavares when the puck drops in Columbus on Friday. That line has been together since day one of training camp, after all. Unlike in recent seasons, when Jack Capuano preferred to shuffle through different wingers for Tavares to see who fit best, Weight knew what he wanted to see from the first day and likes what that top line has done so far. “They’re talking a lot, they’ve been together on the ice a lot, so that’s helped,” Weight said. “It’s been good so far.” That line kicked off Friday night’s preseason game in Buffalo, with Lee scoring the first goal of the game on a pretty feed from Mathew Barzal, who took a shift with Lee and Eberle after Tavares spent time killing a penalty just prior. Eberle and Nikolay Kulemin also scored in the Islanders’ 3-1 win. Even if that line seemed a foregone conclusion when the Isles acquired Eberle from the Oilers for Ryan Strome, there needed to be some chemistry between Eberle and Tavares. And the one-time World Junior tournament teammates have been finding a bit of it so far.
Islanders’ Tavares comfortable with mates Lee and Eberle
Newsday | Sep 30