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New York Islanders 2017-18 NHL Season Month By Month

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

February – Do Nothing Month

Record: 4-6-2 (29-28-7 7th in Metro)

Like it was already said, in January the Islanders were letting up an insane number of shots against. And that continues in February.

Again, six times in February the Islanders let up more than 40 shots against. And again, twice they let 50 shots against. By February 13th, Doug Weight had enough and decided to try something new in order to stop the bleeding.

It worked, the Islanders stopped giving up so many shots against. But for some reason, they couldn’t win either. For the remainder of February, the Islanders averaged 33.4 shots against and went 2-3-1.

The team needed help. Management was all too pleased to let us know that injuries were a factor in the Islanders demise. So why not go out and address it? Why not go our and do something about it? Those two first-round picks could have picked up something nice at the trade deadline.

Instead, the Islanders picked up Brandon Davidson from Edmonton for a third-round pick and then they got Chris Wagner from Anaheim for Jason Chimera. Both trades were fine. They weren’t bad trades. But they weren’t going to be the trades to move the needle forward.

These trade would ad best serve as marginal improvements for the Islanders. They would turn garbage into not so smell garbage. Unless the roster as it was currently constructed somehow turned it around. Which is exactly what GM Garth Snow thought would happen.

By bringing in what was at best marginal improvements, he cast his bet that the team he assembled could get the job done. And it most certainly didn’t.

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