Lou Lamoriello spoke to the media earlier tonight, giving some solutions about being liable for strikes he makes or does not make (effectively yeah, that is your job! I would prefer to let everybody know that I take accountability for all the pieces that’s or is just not). ‘t on this abstract, too) and about persevering with to imagine within the crew.
The crew he believes in, nonetheless, is on a 1-6-3 slide in its final ten video games, dropping six straight. The New York Islanders are sixth within the division, 5 factors behind the Washington Capitals, who occupy the second wild card slot because it stands now. On this slide, they fell behind the Buffalo Sabers and Florida Panthers, and it’s attainable that they are going to be behind the Detroit Pink Wings by the top of Friday evening.
Throughout this slide, they scored simply 16 targets. They let in 33. The offense cannot rating, the protection appears like crap, and even Sorokin (who did not play tonight) is beginning to look human. The facility play is 3 for 59! They put up one aim on a goaltender with a sub .900 sv% who got here into the sport for the injured starter tonight!
It does not actually really feel like there must be a lot perception round this crew.
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I hope you will forgive me for ranting as an alternative of summarizing, however, I imply, it is all the identical factor as at all times, proper? The Islanders cannot bury their probabilities, the few good ones they get. They can not win on the facility play, and nobody even appears that interested by doing it. Aatu Raty eclipsed the 10-minute mark for the primary time since his debut recreation, and even seemed fairly good subsequent to Mat Barzal, however we will not permit that, as a result of the coach went full-line mixer down aim.
There is no such thing as a recreation plan. There does not even actually seem to be a coherent crew plan. The protection was the energy of that crew, and so it was dismantled for components that did not transfer the needle on offense. There aren’t any actual aim scorers. Mat Barzal hasn’t had a gradual linemate since Jordan Eberle was let go within the enlargement draft two years in the past now. Anthony Beauvillier hasn’t been the identical participant since he scored the Recreation 6 OT winner on the Coliseum. Josh Bailey forgot the way to play hockey after his 1,000th NHL recreation. Lou Lamoriello left to maintain The Finest Fourth Line In Hockey (aka a bunch of grinders on the improper facet of 30 at this level) which at this level is nice for constant accidents and the occasional battle. (Like tonight, when Matt Martin fought Austin Watson after the faceoff for… causes?) Brock Nelson is seemingly the star of this crew and he went on a 14 recreation scoreless streak this season. Mat Barzal has 1 level in his final 9 video games, an help in Toronto. Is he nonetheless nursing the damage that stored him out in opposition to Calgary on Jan. 6?
Does anybody even care anymore? All the season slips away, one other wasted yr for a crew with a front-line core of their 30s and a Vezina-worthy goaltender signed at a comparatively low-cost $4 million/yr. It is a crew that must be in a playoff spot, or at the least not actively dropping out of the race. It is depressing to observe, from a core that offered so many good recollections simply two seasons in the past!
Regardless, here is Brock Nelson’s aim to make it 2-1 within the second, the one Islanders of observe:
The Islanders will likely be at UBS Enviornment on Friday, dealing with the Detroit Pink Wings, in a recreation that abruptly has a good affect on the standings. Detroit sits three factors behind the Islanders with 4 video games in hand within the battle for fifth within the wild card race.