January – Adam Pelech Injured
Record: 4-5-2 0.455 Pts% (Season: 29-15-5)
Two days into the New Year and the Islanders get some terrible news. Adam Pelech was done for the season. The Islanders top-pair defenseman went down with an injury to his Achilles tendon just before their date against the New Jersey Devils.
We all knew this wasn’t going to be good for the New York Islanders defense-first system. Under Barry Trotz, the Islanders relied on team-defense to keep opponents to the outside of the d-zone. The Islanders were content with allowing opponents to control the puck because guys like Adam Pelech were great at keeping the slot clear of shots.
But we figured the Islanders could adjust to the loss. They could fill the gap and keep on keeping on. That wasn’t the case.
January would be the first month that the Isles would hold a losing record on the season. Losing Adam Pelech was a big deal.
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