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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 03: New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz leaves the ice as the Montreal Canadiens celebrate their 6-2 at the Barclays Center on March 03, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

March – Losing Sucks

Record: 0-2-2  0.250 Pts% (Season: 35-23-10)

So March sucks. Not only was the season suspended (rightfully so) in order to keep crowds at home, but the only games the Islanders played they lost.

In four games through the month of March, the Islanders went 0-2-2 picking up two points from a possible eight. Add the two overtime losses and a regulation loss to the Boston Bruins at the end of February and the Islanders go into the break with a seven-game losing streak.

It’s the worst stretch of hockey played in the Barry Trotz/Lou Lamoriello era.

The Islanders were playing better the longer the stretch had gone on but those performances still hadn’t brought the Islanders any success. They were still losing and by the time the season was put on hold they found themselves out of the playoff picture.

So as the season is son hold we have to deal with a number of questions.

Are the Islanders this bad?
What can Lou do to help?
What can Barry do to fix this?
Even if they make the playoffs, can they go deep?
What does this mean for the future?

Other notable headlines:

Boychuk takes skate to face needs 90 stitches 
Isles retire Goring’s number 91

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