The New York Islanders lost to the Arizona Coyotes by the score of 1-0 last night in Glendale. In the game, rookie goaltender, Louis Domingue, stopped all 25 Islander shots he faced, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the only goal in the game in the 1st period.
Over the last 3 games, the Isles have managed only 2 goals. The 1-0 loss to the Coyotes followed a 2-1 defeat in Colorado on Thursday and a 5-1 loss at home to Florida on Tuesday. On top of that, Kyle Okposo missed last night’s game and will miss the next with a “lower body” injury.
The Islanders were coming off a stretch in which they picked up points in 10 straight games and despite some poor play at times, were still managing to win. Unfortunately, you can’t keep going to the well and expecting to draw water when you are not producing your best efforts. The Arizona game was a truly winnable game, and dropping 2 points in Glendale was really inexcusable in my opinion.
As I have said, the bar has been set higher for this team. The New York Islanders, in my estimations, should be a playoff team and should be capable of banking 2 points against a team like the Coyotes. On top of that, to lose 5-1 to Florida in their own building and to give up a late, heart-breaking goal to have those 2 points slip through their fingers in Colorado all adds up to a funk they definitely need to get out of.I don’t have any real “blind observations” to share in this post. Suffice it to say that the Isles need to score goals. That is the bottom line. You cannot expect Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss to steal every game or hold the fort with 2 or less goals a night every game for them.
I am not at all indicating that I am panicking or overly worried at this point. The reality is this team has a great deal of talent, and the lineup is one that will come around. I have no doubts of that.
What bothers me right now is the lack of spark and the lack of consistency. They played one of their best games to shut out the Devils last Sunday 4-0, and then they are beaten by Florida 5-1 two nights later and can only muster 2 goals over the next 3 games.
Do I have the answer? No. I don’t know what needs to be done. The obvious answer is to shift lines and shake things up. Anders Lee got moved up to the top line in place of Kyle Okposo, but that didn’t seem to help all that much.
Maybe, it’s something that will work itself out. It just bothers me that they are not playing to the potential they have and could be battling Washington for the top spot in the conference if they could consistently score goals.
The Ducks come to the Barclays tomorrow for a 7 PM start. Hopefully, the offense can find some spark and give the goaltender some support. JT needs to get back to his usual form, and that secondary scoring, beyond Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo, has to reappear again for this team to have success. The Isles could give me a great Christmas present by playing a few 60 minute games and entirely dominating their opponents to demonstrate just how good of a team they truly can be.