Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during a shootout at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 12/7/2013

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The struggling New York Islanders continue their west coast road trip as they are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings tonight at 10:30EST.

After losing their eighth straight to St.Louis on Thursday, this team is in need to a serious infusion of confidence and perhaps the expected return of Brock Nelson to the lineup can provide something in the way of getting back on the winning side of the standings.

With games still to come against the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes, the road certainty does not get any easier as the teams ahead of them in the Metropolitan division continue to accumulate points.

Yesterday I wrote in great, sometimes painful detail about what I see wrong with the Islanders this season through 29 games so I will not get into any great detail here. You can find the link as the first one featured in our ‘In Case You Missed It’ section below.

But let’s just say that there was not much to be written in terms of good things happening on the ice and that reflects in the attitude within the locker room.

Something needs to give and fast or the 2013-14 season will slip away from their grasp by the time Santa makes his way down the chimney. If New York loses the rest of the games on this trip, which is possible but not likely, could we see the coaching change fans have been clamoring for by the time the team returns home for next Saturday’s game against the Canadiens? I fear the wheels might already be in motion for that to happen and more sources are coming to the forefront to announce that indeed the team has been in conversations with ex-bench boss Peter Laviolette.

We shall see what transpires in the next couple of days but for now, the only expected changes to tonight’s lineup include the return of Nelson and Kevin Poulin to the lineup.

 

In Case You Missed It

 

Around The NHL

 

VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME NETWORK/RESULT
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: DET (3) – NJD (1) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: SJS (3) – CAR (5) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
7:00 PM ET
FINAL: MIN (0) – CBJ (4) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
8:00 PM ET
FINAL: ANA (3) – CHI (2) S/O RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
9:00 PM ET
FINAL: COL (3) – CGY (2) RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›
10:00 PM ET
FINAL: PHX (2) – VAN (3) OT RECAP›VIDEO›PHOTOS›

 

 


METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

30

20

9

1

41

18

94

67

2

CAROLINA

30

13

12

5

31

12

71

84

3

WASHINGTON

28

14

12

2

30

8

83

82

4

NY RANGERS

29

15

14

0

30

15

65

72

5

PHILADELPHIA

28

13

13

2

28

12

63

68

6

NEW JERSEY

30

11

13

6

28

11

65

74

7

COLUMBUS

29

12

14

3

27

11

72

80

8

NY ISLANDERS

29

8

16

5

21

5

75

101

 

Across The Sound

The Sound Tigers with a solid 5-3 win yesterday over the Utica Comets in a game in which Ryan Strome continued to shine and streak up the AHL scoring charts. This kid just might be pretty good after all. lol

Here is the official recap from the Sound Tigers web site. The Tigers face Hershey at home tonight at 7pm EST.

 

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