January – Shots
Record: 5-7-1 (25-22-5 7th in Metro)
The potential for playoff hockey was still there when the calendar changed from 2017 to 2018. Fifth place wasn’t too bad. They were only a single point out of a wildcard spot with three full months of hockey.
Honestly, there was still everything to play for. Remember that last season Doug Weight wasn’t appointed until the middle of January. And still took the team to within a point of the playoffs. The Isles were already a point out of the postseason. It should have been easy.
Unfortunately what was easy for the Islanders in the month of January was letting the other team get a ton of shots.
The pre-game song for teams getting ready to play the Islanders should have been playing LMFAO’s “Shots” featuring Lil Jon. Cause that’s what they were going to get.
In the month of January, the Islanders gave up no less than 32 shots against. Five times in the first month of 2018 they allowed 40 or more shots against. And twice the Islanders allowed 50 shots or more.
Evidently, this wouldn’t prove to be a winning strategy as the Islanders went 5-7-1 and fell to the bottom in Metropolitan division. Only the Hurricanes were worse. Unfortunately, Doug Weight wouldn’t do anything about this glaring issue until the middle of February.