Well, that was bad. Throughout the week of April 17th, the New York Islanders played four games. Unfortunately, on the week the Islanders lost all four. The first game was on Sunday, April 17, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto. The Islanders lost that game by a score of four to two.
The next game took place on Tuesday, April 19, at home against the Florida Panthers. This was probably the best game of the week, but sadly the Islanders lost three to two in overtime. On Thursday, April 21, the Islanders lost to the Rangers at home six to three. Lastly, the Islanders traveled to Buffalo on Saturday, April 23, where they lost five to three.
3. Josh Bailey
This list wasn't easy to come up with at all. Last week was unfortunately almost as bad as it gets. However, topping off this list is Josh Bailey. He was one of the best players on the team last week, and that's saying something. In the first game of the week on Sunday, Bailey picked up one goal.
Bailey continued that momentum on Thursday when the Islanders played the Rangers. Bailey picked up one goal and one assist in that game to bring his week totals to two goals and one assist. Unfortunately, a lot of the bigger players on the team were nowhere to be found last week.
2. Mathew Barzal
Number two on this list is the Islanders' star center, Mathew Barzal. Unfortunately, he hasn't had the best season this year (he's not the only one though). During the week, Barzal picked up one goal and two assists. On Tuesday against the Panthers, Barzal picked up his first point of the week on an assist.
On Thursday, Barzal picked up another assist bringing his point total to two on the week. Finally, on Saturday, Barzal picked up a goal and did his part in trying to provide for the team when they played Buffalo. Sadly, this didn't work... at all.
1. Noah Dobson
Honestly, how can you not like Noah Dobson? Even in what could have been one of the worst weeks for the Islanders on the season, Dobson still shines. In Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers, Dobson picked up his first point of the week off an assist.
On Thursday against the Rangers, Dobson picked up two assists as he did an excellent job at providing for the team and keeping them in the game, sadly it didn't work. Finally, on Saturday, Dobson picked up one goal and one assist, bringing his weekly totals to one goal and four assists.
On Sunday, when the Islanders lost to Toronto, the team was officially eliminated from the playoffs. This was something we really all knew was coming. It's been a brutal season and sadly we were dealt a rough hand since the beginning. Hopefully, by this time next year, we will be writing a different story. Until then, go Islanders!