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Islanders: Biggest headline from each month of 2019-20 season

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: The New York Islanders celebrate a 3-2 shoot-out win against the Florida Panthers at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: The New York Islanders celebrate a 3-2 shoot-out win against the Florida Panthers at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 18: Adam Pelech #3 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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.

Other notable headlines:

Barzal wins the fastest skater at All-Star Game
Another embarrassing loss, this time to the Rangers

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