It was the second game in two nights between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. The Isles and didn’t look great. But its preseason!
The New York Islanders lost their second preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-1. They’re now 1-1 in the preseason. Again, it’s just preseason and a loss means very little in the grand scheme of things.
Remember that the New York Islanders went 6-1-1 during the preseason last year. And then finished 17 points out of a playoff spot that season. Again, results don’t necessarily matter.
If you’re going to take anything from this game its that the Islanders got another chance to see what they have on the roster and in the system.
The lone Islanders goal came from Mike Sislo off a nice feed from Manhasset’s Ryan Hitchcock. The goal, coming midway through the second period was one of few bright spots for the Islanders on the night.
That makes it sound like the New York Islanders were terrible. They weren’t. They weren’t good mind you. They looked very much like a team that traveled to play in only their second pre-season game.
They put up only 20 shots, but also only gave up 20 shots. They went two for five on the penalty kill. They won 52 percent of their faceoffs. Again, they weren’t terrible against a team energized to be playing their first game at home. But again, they weren’t necessarily good either.
They deserved to lose, but it wasn’t a terrible effort on their behalf.
The Isles got another look at their roster and can start making decisions on who can stay and who needs to move on until next season.
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Final note: When the first round of cuts happens I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dennis Seidenberg be amongst the names. He was a great addition in 2016-17 but has steadily decreased since. He doesn’t look like he could make it for a third year with the Isles.