I didn’t catch a lot of this game, as I was doing a bunch of different things. However, when it was said and done, the Islanders lost 5-0 to the Predators, giving goaltender Anders Lindback his second shutout in goal in a row.
From what I was able to hear and have read, it was, once again, turn overs that caused the Isles more than a few goals. On top of that, bad penalties resulted in 2 goals against as well, one being on a five on three near the end of the contest. It just seems as if just about every lapse the Islanders have ends up costing them a goal. At least 2 of the goals were not at all Dwayne Roloson’s fault.
Rhett Rakhshani played in his first NHL game last night after his recall from the Port. He seemed to play well enough, logging just over 11 minutes of ice time in the game. Frankly, though, from what I managed to catch, it didn’t seem as if there was much offense from the boys overall. Rob Schremp, Blake Comeau and John Sim seemed, to me, to be the “best” of the lines for the Isles out there, though, again, my observations are a bit limited to parts of each period.
So, it is back home on Thursday to face the Ducks. It is frustrating and disheartening, but the guys have to put a solid 60 minute effort into a game and limit the mistakes. I know I sound like a broken record, but at this point, it is a worthwhile mantra I am sure the coaching staff is repeating.