(4) Top Offense v. (5) Worst Goalies
As the season moved from the starting line in October and into November, the New York Islanders went on a tear. They were winning games and racking up bucket loads of goals. It was great!
Remember when the New York Islanders were the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup? What a time that was to be alive.
Even then not everything was perfect. The Islanders were still allowing a ton of goals against. But because they could outscore their opposition they were still putting up points on the board. Until the scoring five goals, a night dried up. As it inevitably would.
That’s when the weak goaltending that had plagued the Islanders since the start of the season took center stage.
Again, it’s not like the goalies started being below NHL average the second the calendar turned to December. They were bad throughout the Isles run. Thanks to the Islanders “I dare you to outscore me” approach masked the deficiencies between the pipes.
Look, goaltending isn’t the only reason the Islanders aren’t in a playoff position right now. But with Halak at a .906SV% and 3.28GAA and Thomas Greiss at a .891SV% and 3.84GAA goaltending is a big reason for it. That’s why the number five seed won the vote.