He’s off to a slow start becoming the downfall of the New York Islanders
Sometimes the New York Islanders win games they deserve to lose. Other times, like last night against the Nashville Predators, they lose games they deserve to lose. It’s simple, really: They need to play more than half a game of hockey.
It is becoming a disturbing trend. I like her resilience and her ability to bounce back; it could be very useful come playoffs, but it’s a grueling way to play all the time in the regular season and it doesn’t always work. look last night It’s just a match and a better effort against him Dallas stars tomorrow night would do well for their and our confidence in them.
About last night:
- The inconsistency has become maddening and it’s even more frustrating when it leads to losses. [LHH]
- When even a team site under Lou Lamoriello’s jurisdiction screams that the team is off to a slow start, you know it’s a real problem. [3 Takeaways]
- That’s because Lou recognizes it’s a problem and said it his way, meandering on purpose. But he is “pleased with the progress” so far. [The Athletic]
- It was actually a three-goal deficit last night, but they got one back late in the second to make it two in the third. They shot themselves in the foot, however, with a sloppy penalty that led to Nashville scoring to make it 5-3. [Newsday]
- And it wouldn’t have been an Islanders-Predators game if some random kid from Nashville hadn’t scored two goals. [Rapid Recap]
- You don’t need the Skinny for this stat, although there is a lot more to unpack in the Skinny, but Mathew Barzal is second in the league in assists, behind only Nathan MacKinnon. [NYI Skinny]
- After waiving and assigning Nikita Soshnikov to Bridgeport, the Islanders didn’t call anyone up. Picking up the daily cover space, baby. [Newsday]
- The Predators have Nino Niederreiter on their team, so it was a chance for Andrew Gross to revisit the trade that landed Cal Clutterbuck to the Islanders. [Newsday]
- It’s food collection time! Donate food for a good cause and get tickets to a game. [Islanders]
- This (yesterday) day in the history of the islands: Mike Bossy had a hat trick against the Rangers (1984) and Pierre Turgeon had a hat trick against the Senators (1993).
- I’ve been writing here for a while and I’ve been a commenter for even longer. As such, I feel like I’ve gotten the vibe of the crowd here, and the vibe doesn’t lend itself to worrying about that bit, hell, I’m closer to the age demographic and it doesn’t do anything for me.. .but the Islanders partnered with FaZe Clan for Sports Night on December 6. I know FaZe Clan is huge in the esports world, but I don’t know anything beyond that. But some people said it is very beautiful. Ask your children.
- Watch out for a dynamite Strange Islanders! today.
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— Dan (@cultureoflosing) November 18, 2022
In another part
Last night’s NHL results include the Devils beating the Maple Leafs in OT for their 11th (!!) straight win, opening up a nice six point lead at the top of the Metro Division. Also, the Rangers lost to the Kraken Late in the night in OT, the Capitals made a furious comeback against the Blues only to lose in a shootout, and the Penguins beat the Wild. And the Hurricanes lost to the Avalanche in OT. With the Islanders getting 0 points while all of their Metro Division foes got at least 1, all I can say is: not great. But at 11-7-0, the Islanders are still in good shape.
- His underlying numbers have dipped a bit lately, and no team is good enough to win 11 straight games without some good fortune, but what the Devils have been doing is, for the most part, sustainable*, with a big asterisk : *Vitek Vanecek has been above average and is generally an average goaltender. The average is still good enough for the Devils, but it has been better than normal. This can go down, and the Devils can suffer for it. But they are pretty good. [ESPN]
- Scott Wedgewood made a breakaway save in the Stars’ game against the Florida panthers and then couldn’t get up. They had to take him out, but I don’t think he needed to go to the hospital. But I hope his back is fine. [NHL]
- The Vancouver Canucks they’ve killed just 63.8% of their penalties, which is atrocious and coming close to all-time marks. [Vancouver Is Awesome]
- The death of the slap: Players have abandoned it and coaches have stopped teaching it. [The Athletic]
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