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New York Islanders News: Isles Shutout 4-0 by the Flyers

By Corwin McCallum
Dec 8, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the shootout at Wells Fargo Center. The Islanders defeated the Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the shootout at Wells Fargo Center. The Islanders defeated the Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Like they did in the first half, the New York Islanders started the second half of their schedule off with a loss.

The Philadelphia Flyers shutout the Islanders on Saturday afternoon, scoring two goals in the second, two goals in the third and never really receiving any pushback from the Isles. Looking at the boxscore, Matt Read was the star of the game, tallying three points (2G, 1A), but the entire Flyers line-up was generating scoring chances all game.

The Isles were in tough from the start. Travis Hamonic was a late scratch (lower body, day to day), so Scott Mayfield played his first NHL game of the season paired with recent Bridgeport teammate Adam Pelech.

With Johnny Boychuk also out and Brian Strait subbing in for Marek Zidlicky, it would be easy to give the team a break considering they were missing three of their top six defensemen, but the Bridgeport line probably played the best out of all their pairings. It was just a lackluster performance from an Islanders team that hasn’t been short of those lately.

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Yesterday, Arthur Staple of Newsday wrote about how the Islanders are no longer happy with the way they’re playing, a quick shift in thinking from their thinking going into the holiday break.

The first step is admitting it.

The Rangers were playing the Capitals at the same time and lost in overtime, moving them into a tie with the Islanders for second in the division and a game in hand. What’s even scarier is how close the rest of the division is as well.

The Islanders are only 6 points ahead of both the Flyers and the Penguins and both of those teams have two games in hand. That may seem like a decent cushion but with the Islanders playing the way their playing, Sidney Crosby heating up and the Flyers ending their Jakub-Voracek-on-the-third-line experiment, it may be smaller than it appears.

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Whether it’s making a trade, mixing up their systems, making a coaching change or any other spark for the team, the Islanders need it soon. Let us know what you think they should do in the comments below.

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