New York Islanders Need to Leave Panic Button Alone

Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders enter Monday looking at a 2-0 series deficit against the Carolina Hurricanes. They don’t need to hit the panic button.

The most concerning aspect about the New York Islanders 2-0 series deficit against the Carolina Hurricanes is that they’ve only scored one goal in the two games. The lone goal was scored by Mathew Barzal on the power play in game two. And even that was a bit of a fluke as it deflected in off a defender’s stick.

The Islanders were shutout in game one and lost in overtime. Barzal got the Islanders on the board in game two, but they wouldn’t be able to get a second goal. The Hurricanes scored two goals in 48 seconds to start the third, and that would be all they needed.

Against the Penguins the Islanders scored three or four goals in all four games. So far it appears as though the

Isles left their offense in Pittsburgh


Yes, they’ve run into some bad luck. In game one a Barzal goal was waved off when Anders Lee was given a goaltender interference penalty. In game two Devon Toews tried to get the puck into the slot as he skated behind the Hurricanes net, it found a gap in Curtis McElhinney’s pads and crossed the goal line. However, it was deemed Toews kicked the puck in and again the Islanders saw a goal come off the board.

New York Islanders Must Lean On Barry Trotz

Coach Barry Trotz has made a world of difference for the Islanders. Of course, last season Trotz won the Stanley Cup. On his way to the Cup, Trotz’s Capitals faced a 2-0 series deficit against the Blue Jackets and were able to rally back and win four straight to win the series in six games.

The Islanders coach has been there before and has the experience to get them out of this jam. The Isles need to rely on him rather than running to for the panic button.

Islanders Offense Asleep at the Wheel. Next

The old cliche says that a two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey. Hopefully, the Isles can make that case for a two-game series lead. The Isles will need to come out swinging in Game Three Wednesday.