New York Islander 4-8-3 (11pts.)
You have to feel for the Islanders. It’s been a really bad season so far and with all the talent they have on that team it’s just downright dumbfounding that they can’t get more wins and at least be competitive. They have so many young talented guys, good goaltenders, and one of the most passionate owners in sports. Coach Jack Capuano is not getting it done and there is little room for error for this team. Last week the Islanders blew a win against the Colorado Avalanche, were handled by the Vancouver Canucks, and suffered a depressing loss against the Rangers at home.
The Islanders seemed to have a little fire in them last Thursday when they faced the Avalanche. Josh Bailey, Brian Rolston and Michael Grabner all found the back of the net as the Islanders found themselves up by three goals with the game half over. However, when something seems too good to be true, it often is and, once again, the Islanders started their patented collapse. Only 20 seconds remained in the second period when Paul Statsny scored a power play goal to make the score 3-1. In the third, Colorado scored two more to come back on the Islanders. The game went into overtime and Al Montoya was charged with a high-stick. Kyle Quincy drove the stake into the Islanders’ hearts when he scored on the power play with a wrist shot from the point to win the game.
On Sunday, the Islanders played finished up a three game road trip with the Vancouver Canucks. Although the Canucks were in the finals last season, they have been struggling this year at 9-9-1. This was a game the Islanders had a shot at but the Canucks struck first scoring a goal in the opening minutes of both the first and second periods. Vancouver dominated the game winning 4-1 in a disappointing loss putting the Islanders winless on the road trip.
The Islanders faced the Rangers at the Coliseum on Tuesday and lost there by a score of 2-4. (Check out a full report in the Rangers recap: http://wp.me/p1Ome5-hs). Last night the Islanders finally snapped their skid beating the dreadful Canadians 4-3 with all their goals coming in the second period.
The Islanders looked dreadful this past week. They beat themselves every third period and their energy seems lost by the end of every game as they lose battles to the puck. Defensively, they need to step up to the opposing forwards and stop giving them chances in front of the net. Their keepers are getting beat on second and third chances because the puck isn’t cleared out of the zone. The Islanders have the second fewest goals per game with 2.07. It’s only a matter of time before they start calling for Capuano’s head in Nassau.
-Special thanks to Tyler Perrillo for his reporting and analysis.
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