New York Islanders
What a rollercoaster of a year it’s been for the New York Islanders. They came out of the gate hot, but since December they’ve played brutally bad hockey.
Right now they have 66 points to their name and are losers of six games in a row. Again a theme we’ve hit on a lot is goal differential. They’re a -24 on the season with goal differential.
They have the sixth most goals in the entire league with 213 but have also allowed the most goals in the league by far with 237. They don’t play any defense.
Jaroslav Halak has had a rocky year for the Islanders. He has a .909 save percentage and a 3.22 goals against average. With a .419 quality start percentage it’s fair to say the Islanders expected a little more out of him this year.
The main issue has been defense though. If you watch them on a nightly basis, they look completely lost, even if they have given up fewer shots lately. I think we’re beginning to learn that it’s not the quantity of chances they’re allowing it’s the quality of chances that are being allowed.
In addition to defensive problems, the Islanders bottom two lines are nonexistent. Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd, and Cal Clutterbuck have all underachieved this year leading to the top two lines being forced to carry the load.
When they go cold, like you see now, the team looks completely dead. It looks like the Islanders are going to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, hopefully ending the Garth Snow era.