The New York Islanders got their 2020 off on the wrong foot with a poor effort in a 2-1 loss at home to the New Jersey Devils.
Well, that wasn't fun. The New York Islanders welcomed in the cellar-dwelling New Jersey Devils who somehow outworked the Islanders in their own building on National TV. In the first period, no goals were scored on either side.
It was both Mackenzie Blackwood and Semyon Varlamov standing on their heads making numerous big saves. After one period of play, shots were 11-9 in favor of the Islanders.
It appeared like the Islanders would get on the board quickly in the second but that was nullified. Leo Komarov appeared to score his first goal of the season but it was quickly called back for goalie interference.
Minutes later, Brock Nelson got the Isles on the board for real this time with a beauty of a wrist shot.
Nelson's wrister can be dangerous and it was put on full display tonight. Unfortunately, that was the only offense put on display for the Islanders tonight. Before the period came to a close, P.K. Subban would score a late goal off an absolute bomb.
The Isles lost a faceoff and Subban made no mistake and ripped one right on past Varly in net. Before you got back to your seats for the third period, the Devils took the lead again off a lost faceoff.
Nico Hischier murdered Brock Nelson on National TV and NBC had no problem showing it. Brock and Ryan Pulock too for that matter were put in a blender by the former first overall pick. I'm still not quite sure what they were trying to do on this play.
The Isles would have their chances, including a Leo Komarov opportunity that he decided to pass up on but were unable to find the back of the net on 10 shots in the period. Blackwood was good tonight, but the Isles offense was just worse.
Jordan Eberle continues to be a nonfactor, Anders Lee could use a goal, and the lack of firepower was once again on display as the Isles played down to a worse team.
Toronto is next on the schedule on Saturday night. The Isles can't go into that game with the same effort that was displayed tonight.
Winners: Mackenzie Blackwood, Nico Hischier, Semyon Varlamov
Losers: Leo Komarov, Brock Nelson, Ryan Pulock