Five Reasons the Islanders Could Miss the Playoffs

By Kenny Conrade
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Dec 17, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (not pictured) scores during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tampa Bay Lightning won 3-2 in shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

5. The Islanders Continue To Blow Third Period Leads 

This, just like terrible results in November, has been a problem ever since Jack Capuano took over behind the bench. Last season, two goal leads in the third period resulted in absolute disaster for New York, as they somehow managed to blow nearly 15 two goal third period leads. Many reasons have been thrown around for this, some being defense, others goaltending and inexperience. Jack Capuano will sit there until he’s blue in the face and tell you it has nothing to do with structure and quite frankly I couldn’t disagree more. You can see his team go into a shell and play on their heels late in games, and this has to stop.

Obviously, if the Islanders wish to make the playoffs in 2015, they need to put an end to this trend. You simply cannot just hand away points every night and expect to be playing come May and even late April. The improved goaltending should help this, as maybe they can make a key save when the team needs it most, but overall changes must be made to the Isles approach and mentality late in games.