These offensive numbers for the NY Islanders are flat out ugly
Grim. Dreadful. Appalling. Those are just some of the adjectives you'd be justified to use when describing the New York Islanders' scoring - or a lack thereof since the calendar flipped to 2023. You know it's bad watching the games, but when you take a step back and look at the compilation of numbers "produced" during this stretch of games, it is still eye-brow raising.
As NYI Hockey Now's Stefen Rosner noted on Twitter, in the final three games of December, the Islanders scored 12 goals and won all three. In 13 games in January, the team has scored 24 goals and has won just two games. They have scored more than two goals twice in their last 14 games and haven't done it since their 4-3 OT loss to the Washington Capitals on Jan. 16. That is Woeful.
Things are worse when you focus on the power play. Despite his best efforts to shake up the PP units, Head Coach Lane Lambert and Assistant Coach John McLean's special team's units are now 3-for-59 on the power play over the last 22 games. Over the last 11 games, in which the Islanders have gone 1-7-3 and averaged 1.64 goals-per-game, the power play is 1 for their last 27 (3.7%).
But wait, there's more. According to statistician Eric Hornick, the Isles have not scored a third-period goal in a franchise-record eleven straight games (since scoring three in Vancouver) and have been outscored 12-0 in that stretch. The Isles' third-period differential is now just +1.
"“Your goal scorers have to score. And during this drought our goal scorers were not scoring. That’s the key. When we spoke last, our goal scorers were scoring. There’s no apologies or excuses for them. These things happen. Unfortunately all of them got into a little bit of a drought at the same time.”"- Lou Lamoriello
Do you remember all those third-period comebacks when the Islanders were a team excelling in the last 20 minutes? The script has reversed completely. The Isles were +16 in the third period through 23 games but are -15 over the last 26 games.
From an individual perspective, Mathew Barzal has only one point in his last 9 games after scoring a goal in five straight. Noah Dobson, who has missed the last two games, looked destined for a 20 goal season when he scored his 10th of the year on Dec. 16 in Arizona. Since then, he has gone 17 games without scoring a goal.
And on and on it goes with no end in sight.