The New York Islanders last five losses have come to teams on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. That has to change.
86-86-31, the combined record of the New York Islanders’ last five losses. Right now, they’re playing down to their competition and for some reason can’t snap out of this funk that they’ve been in the past few weeks.
While last night was better defensively, only allowing two goals, their number one need reared its ugly head. The team needs more offense.
While the 17 game point streak masked a lot of these issues, it allowed the Isles to get out to a comfortable lead in the playoff race before coming back to the mean. Now, they are even playing below expectations as they begin to even out at around the halfway point of the season.
Additionally, in games the Islanders are scoring a little bit they’re giving up a ton of goals as well. Since the start of December, they’ve allowed three goals or more seven times. Usually, this is a team when going right that allows one or two goals a game.
Unfortunately for the Isles, it doesn’t get any easier for them as the Toronto Maple Leafs are next on the schedule. The Leafs are 8-0-1 in their last nine games. Maybe, they’ll play up to their competition?
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