New York Islanders Need To Revamp Defense For 2018-2019

By Matt O'Leary
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Nick Leddy /
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Nick Leddy /

The New York Islanders defense has been brutally bad this year. They desperately need a revamped look in 2018-2019.

The biggest weakness of this New York Islanders team is their defense. Since Calvin de Haan went down with an injury back in December the team fell apart. The numbers are staggering against the Islanders defense.

The Islanders have allowed 270 goals in 75 games, by far the most in the entire league. The Ottawa Senators, who are second in goals allowed, have 255. It’s, unfortunately, a large lead for the Islanders in that category.

The Islanders are on pace to allow a whopping 295 goals against this year. The frustrating part is the Islanders score 3.19 goals per game which is good enough for seventh best. A top-10 offense, in theory, should put you in playoff contention.

Instead, they are “Fallin’ for Dahlin” as the tank towards the bottom of the standings continues.

Doug Weight has changed strategy a number of times this year which leaves just one response to the Islanders problem; Personnel. Obviously, the biggest need for the Islanders is bringing back John Tavares but the next step is revamping their defense.

Today, we’re going to take a look at what the Islanders can do to improve their defense for 2018-2019 and beyond.