Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 1/24/14

By Peter McEntee

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The Islanders, after what’s been a very impressive two weeks, came back down to earth last night losing 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders gift-wrapped goals for Pittsburgh at times last night, and it ultimately led to their demise, as they missed out on what would have been two important points in the standings.

The first line of Thomas VanekJohn Tavares, and Kyle Okposo was very quiet last night, as they failed to produce offense, something that is expected of that dynamic first line.

However, the offense wasn’t the major problem of last night’s contest, as the defensive play struggled mightily against a powerful Penguins team. The Penguins had a few chances and goals in which they just walked right in on net and scored. That is preventable, and it needs to be handled in order to win games.

Kevin Poulin had an off night, as his goaltending wasn’t very good, but the defense in front of him was the major flaw, and Poulin really didn’t have much to work with in front of him the entire game.

The Islanders now prepare themselves for what will be a tough contest Saturday Night against a brilliant St. Louis Blues team. St. Louis is one of just five teams in the league currently with 70 points, and the Islanders will need to be very good in all aspects if they want to walk out of Saturday with a win.

-Peter (@PJMcEntee)

Presser Points

Rich Dias-Rodrigues amplified upon Scott Charles  question, mainly why John Tavares couldn’t take the face-off on the 5-on-3:

John Tavares with his post-game take from the team locker room:

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