NY Islanders News

One More Out West

By John Panarese

Facing the Los Angeles Kings tonight on the west coast, the Islanders will be completing what will be a stretch of having played 12 out of 15 on the road.  Unfortunately, with their opponents looking to break a franchise home consecutive wins record if they can win their 8th in a row, the task for the Isles is not going to be an easy one.

It’s obvious that when a team only scores 5 goals in their last five games, the offense is a problem.  Dwayne Roloson, as Gary pointed out, has been playing extremely well, and he should not have such a lopsided losing record with a 2.10 GAA.  It’s simple.  If you don’t score goals, you won’t win many games.  Yes, good goaltending can steal you a victory, but you can’t expect to pick up points night after night if you are not getting production from the offense.

The Kings are a good team.  They have a lot of firepower and Jonathan Quick has been tremendous for them in net.  I’ve caught more than a few of their games via NHL Game Center.  Tavares, Bailey, Comeau, and everyone else is going to have to step it up and put some rubber on Quick consistently, as well as have the good old “net presence” to create screens and traffic.  Additionally, the defense is going to have to play hard and with discipline in front of Roloson, especially against the Kopitar line.

The boys need 2 points and to end this losing streak.  One point in their last 9 games has been a very difficult slump.  It is not that the Isles have played badly of late either.  No, they are showing up and putting out a solid effort.  Perhaps, it’s just going to take a change of luck with a lucky bounce or a fluky play, but it’s time to start getting a few wins in the standings.  The Kings are good, but if they come out with energy and play their game, the Islanders can skate away with 2 points tonight.