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New York Islanders Daily: Putting December In The Rearview

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders ended 2017 with a flop and they’re looking to put their 5-8-2 record in the month of December in the rearview.

The month of December wasn’t too kind to the New York Islanders. They were only 5-8-2 in the month, and their playoff chances took a nosedive over the past few weeks.

Unfortunately, the Islanders lost some key pieces on defense with Calvin de Haan and Johnny Boychuk injuries. This has left a big hole that has yet to be addressed by Garth Snow.

Then yesterday, on the first day of 2018 the Islanders sent Anthony Beauvillier and Steve Bernier down to the AHL. The Islanders bottom six has been a dumpster fire and they’re looking to get a spark by giving Tanner Fritz an opportunity.

The 26-year old has 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 29 games with the Sound Tigers.

Now, Beauvillier joins first-round draft selections Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle in the AHL for some development. While having three first round picks in the AHL and not the NHL is slightly concerning the focus has to be on moving past this atrocious month of December.

Four out of their next five games are against Metropolitan Division opponents. With the race so tight, it’s imperative that the Islanders capitalize on the opportunity to beat divisional opponents.

Right now the Islanders are sitting in the final Wild Card spot, but their lead is only by one game. Yet, the Isles are just seven points out of first place. If you want to make up ground, now is a perfect time.

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