New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Good, Bad, Ugly

Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders leaves the ice following the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

It might be too early to definitively say how the 2018-19 season shapes up for the New York Islanders, but it isn’t too early to talk about what we’ve seen so far from this team.

We’re eight games into the 2018-19 NHL season. The New York Islanders hold a 3-4-1 record. Again, it’s too early to say where they’ll end up come April. But its not too early to see trends emerge. Trends that are either good, bad or ugly.

With only eight games into the season, there are another 74 games or 98 percent of the season to go. That’s plenty of time for a coaching staff headed by 19-year veteran and 2018 Stanley Cup winner Barry Trotz to fix. Or for three-time Stanley Cup winner Lou Lamoriello to address via trades.

So far what we’ve been treated to from the New York Islanders is more lows than highs. We’ve seen 7-2 wins against the Los Angeles Kings, but we’ve also seen 4-1 losses to the San Jose Sharks where issues we thought had gone with this new regime were plain for everyone to see.

We’ve seen road games and home games. We’ve seen both goalies and we’ve seen all 23 players on the roster. Again, it doesn’t mean that the Islanders will be this .375 win team for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

But we can see what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s ugly.