NY Islanders News

Go West, Young Man

By John Panarese

With Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles the next three opponents for the Islanders, the “cure” for this 7 game losing streak is not going to be an easy one.  Add to that the fact that the boys are going to be on the road, well, they are going to have to come to play each night and Earn a W.

OK, so they lost at home on Saturday against Philadelphia.  The reality is they could have easily won that game and dominated the play throughout the first and second periods.  Yes, the Flyers took it to the Isles in the third until the last five minutes, but, overall, it was a winnable game.  Bad luck resulted in the GWG by the Flyers, but it happens.

Close, though, only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, unfortunately.  We “almost” won just doesn’t cut it.  Without a doubt, the Islanders are going to have to demonstrate the same kind of intensity and aggressive play as they did in the first two periods.  However, with that, it must be extended for three full periods, and be consistent as well.

What “bothered” me was the fact that as much as the Isles got 31 shots on goal, it was the several that missed that were important.  I’ve noticed a trend throughout the season of guys missing good scoring opportunities and firing the puck completely wide.  Yeah, I know it’s not easy and I’ve never been on the ice at high speed with a few moments to get off a shot.  Still, scoring 1 goal a game isn’t going to get the job done  and lead to victories.  It’s as simple as that.

Again, we stand 14 games into the season and even with a 4-8-2 record, things are very far from being “bad”.  A few wins would put the Islanders right back in the midst of the conference standings.  So, one game at a time, one period at a time.  It starts in Anaheim tomorrow, but the guys have to go in there believing they can win and coming away with 2 points to get right back at it gain Thursday evening in San Jose.  Let’s turn this thing around, boys!