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New York Islanders Daily: Confidence Lost in Playoff Contender Status

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Tim Schaller
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Tim Schaller /

The New York Islanders have completely lost their fans with the latest three-game losing streak. The once fun high flying team is now a chore to take in on a nightly basis.

Remember November? Our bellies were filled with turkey and stuffing and our hockey team was actually good. On November 30, 2017 the New York Islanders were sitting in second place of the Metro with 32 points to their name.

They were just one point back of the Blue Jackets for the top spot. They had an 87 percent chance of making the playoffs at the time, times were good. Now? All hell is breaking loose.

Let’s list off some of the problems on the Islanders latest skid. They have no third line, their fourth line isn’t playing up to their cap hit, the defense is inexperienced with the Boychuk and de Haan injuries and the goalie play has been awful.

The Islanders are out of a playoff spot at the moment. One game out of the halfway point of the season the Islanders aren’t a playoff team if the season ended today.

Not good enough. I don’t want to hear about how much fun the top-six was earlier in the year, and Mathew Barzal on his way to a Calder win. Right now, the focus must be on this roster that lacks any depth.

Garth Snow would be better off going to a beer league game and signing them to play on the third line than running out Brock Nelson, Shane Prince, Steve Bernier or whatever other depth player the Islanders currently have.

It’s crazy how quickly things can change in this league, Garth has to act now before the wheels truly fall off and the Islanders are on the outside looking in for the eighth time out of 12 years in the Garth Snow era.

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