Mired in their worst run of play under Barry Trotz, the New York Islanders need to find a way out of the muck. These three players hold the key.
With four back-to-back losses the New York Islanders are facing the longest stretch of losses since Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz took over. With a 0-4-0 road trip out West, the Islanders slump back to Long Island with their tails between their legs and a lot of questions to answer.
Namely, how do they get back to winning ways?
The Islanders played relatively good games against the Golden Knights and the Coyotes. They also got great goaltending out of Semyon Varlamov, but still ended up losing both games.
The Islanders are hopefully going to look externally for some answers. Getting a top-six goal scorer is something they desperately need at the trade deadline. They’re one of the worst offensive teams in the league which means they give themselves a very narrow margin of error to win games. And as of lately, the Isles are making mistake after mistake.
But they can’t just look for outside help to fix their issues, they also have to look internally. Almost everyone on the team needs to step up and perform better, but I’ve picked three players who could have a larger impact on the team if they “stepped it up”.