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Eight Straight Losses For The New York Islanders

from Ethan Sears of the New York Post,

The last time the Islanders faced the Penguins, they ended Pittsburgh’s 2020-21 season with Game 6 victory in a first-round playoff series. Much has changed since that night in May.

Chief among those changes: The Islanders, who took the Lightning to seven games in the Stanley Cup semifinals last season, look less and less like a playoff contender with each passing day. After a 1-0 loss to the Penguins on Friday night, the Islanders (5-10-2) have now been beaten in eight straight games and face a 17-point climb just to make it back to a postseason berth.

“This is one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced in 20-some years,” head coach Barry Trotz said, referring to the injury and illness that have hit the Islanders. “And I started with an expansion team.”

The Islanders looked overmatched from the start Friday. The Penguins accounted for 10 of the game’s first 12 shots, and Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin was the sole reason the final score wasn’t uglier.

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Game highlights are below.

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I like Trotz.  He acknowledges the factors of their adversity without using it as an excuse.  He’s still trying to win and doesn’t go on about processes, even with 9 guys out.  I thought for sure there’d be some talk about grabbing cheese and “the reality of it” cliches. 

I’d almost rather have Dan Campbell.

Posted by ThatGuy on 11/27/21 at 10:22 AM ET

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Ouch.

My glass half empty side says UBS Arena is Fort NeverWin.  (Coli was fondly called “Fort Neverlose” by the faithful back in the day)

The “Goals For” column is simply unacceptable - many under-performing folks who remain healthy.

Some things have happened - no way the Isles finish with a top six seeding, and making it to the 8 seed will be a HUGE challenge.  I am no longer optimistic, especially with a “scheduled loss” tomorrow on the horizon.

So let me find some reasons to keep the faith that may not be mentioned in the article:

*  Isles have games in hand on every team in the conference, save for Boston.

*  Injuries - every team has em.  No complaint here.

*  Covid - this is not ‘business as usual’.  I AM NOT HOPING FOR THIS - but - other teams are likely to have outbreaks and will be interesting to see how that evolves for other teams and puts them at a disadvantage.  Will be interesting to see if teams shift back to last year’s protocols.  One would think that the Isles will be done with their outbreaks by now.  I am worried other teams may get hurt :(

*  Schedule   After tomorrow - the Isles have 15 games left in Calendar year 2021.  5 of those games are against teams who made the playoffs last year.  (one is MTL).  An opportunity if the team turns the tide offensively and gets players back to snap up a bunch of points and get back in it.

*  Lots of home games on the schedule.  The Isles will turn this around….and use to an advantage like most teams try to.

*  Ability for the team to make an evaluation on some players from the AHL in actual NHL games.  a chance for Aho, Salo or someone else to replace Nick Leddy or Devon Toews (puck transport wise - zone entries have suffered)

If the Isles can turn it around and win at the Garden tomorrow…..I believe it will be a catalyst to a good December.  If they don’t - let’s not go there now smile

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 11/27/21 at 10:31 AM ET

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