Doug Weight thinks Islanders are ‘a playoff team’

Doug Weight (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight picked up the first win of his career as the boss behind the bench on Thursday and now has his sights set on the post-season.

After the Islanders handed the Dallas Stars a 3-0 defeat on the back of John Tavares‘ two goals, Weight told reporters what he thought of his team and where he envisions them heading.

“I think we’re a playoff team,” he said. “Obviously we’ve dug ourselves quite a hole, and passing teams in this league is obviously historically been a tough thing to do. But we’re going to take it a game at a time.”

He’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to be one of the 16 that make it past the regular season.

The Islanders currently sit second-last in the Eastern Conference with 44 points (18-17-8), six behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wildcard spot.

Not only is Weight’s one-game sample size far too small to decipher if this team has what it takes to rebound from their poor start, but it was against a struggling Stars team (19-20-8) that only managed 23 shots.

Weight did, however, do one thing better than his predecessor Jack Capuano.

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