The New York Islanders key free agent acquisitions are struggling mightily. Is it still just a lack of chemistry or is there another underlying reason.
Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera are still goalless and we are 11 games into the New York Islanders season. Both of these guys were brought in here to replace key pieces to this team and neither are producing. It’s been a struggle offensively to start the year.
“I think we know what our identity is. We’re trying to get there consistently,” said Cal Clutterbuck “We’ve got some new personnel, which is something that hasn’t happened here in 3 1⁄2 years, so I think we’re used to starting really well because we’re really familiar with each other and there’s a consistency; you can pick up from where you left off.”
Clutterbuck is right, it is going to be difficult with new guys to build chemistry, but even so you would think that either Ladd or Chimera would find the back of the net by accident. Playing alongside John Tavares should be a desired destination but no one is thriving in it.
Last night Tavares spent some time playing wing with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. I love Casey and Clutter but you ultimately put your best player with two of your fourth liners!
Somehow, someway the Islanders are going to have to generate some offense. The defenseman and Tavares have been taking care of that while most of the other forwards are missing in action.
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They don’t have all day to turn this thing around either, they’re in a very competitive division and can fall out of things quickly.
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Some post game highlights from last night’s loss (Eyes On Isles)
The New York Islanders really weren’t deserving of a win but they held a lead in the final minute of the period. It would end up going to OT then a shootout before the Flyers won.
It sounded like Capuano through some shade Garth Snow‘s way. It’s been a rough start to the season and Jack is fed up with the lack of offense.
Islanders offense sputters in loss to Flyers (NY Post)
The Islanders have looked bad to start the season, many of their issues stemming from a lack of offense. It boiled over last night in their terrible loss.