New York Islanders Daily: Back to Back Losses Prove They Lack Talent

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: The New York Islanders and the Vegas Golden Knights kill time during a power outage prior to the third period at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: The New York Islanders and the Vegas Golden Knights kill time during a power outage prior to the third period at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders lost last night 3-2 in an ugly game to the Vegas Golden Knights. With back to back losses, it’s proving this team lacks talent.

The New York Islanders scoring touch is beginning to go away. They’ve now lost four of their last five and they appear to be falling back to earth. The team has nine goals in the last five games, which isn’t going to do it on a nightly basis, that’s an average of 1.8 goals per game, not nearly enough.

Frankly, the Islanders just aren’t getting enough out of guys who are supposed to produce. Jordan Eberle now has one goal in his last 13 games, Brock Nelson has now gone three games without a point, while the power play is at an atrocious 1-for-26.

That’s why I’m yelling and screaming for guys like Josh Ho-Sang to get some action. They desperately need talented forwards it’s becoming obvious. Yes, they are playing better structurally but it’s not enough.

There’s no reason for Matt Martin and Ross Johnston to play on the same day they serve the same role. Leo Komarov, Val Filppula, and Cal Clutterbuck can only give you so much. This is the exact reason why people said the Islanders play wasn’t sustainable and that they needed more talent.

Yes, there have been improvements but when they get slightly below average goalie play, like they got last night, they have no chance.

Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have to see this, something has to change for the Islanders soon because if they keep playing like this they’ll fall out of it. There’s simply not enough talent on the roster right now.

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