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Losing Streak Hits Nine For The New York Islanders

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Erik Karlsson scored 39 seconds into overtime for the San Jose Sharks, who extended the New York Islanders' skid to nine games in a 2-1 win at UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y., on Thursday.

The Islanders had not played since Nov. 26 after having two games postponed as the result of multiple players in NHL COVID-19 protocol. It was the first time they got a point since Nov. 6 following eight straight regulation losses.

"I think tonight was a good indication we're headed in the right direction," New York captain Anders Lee said. "I think at times when we got [penalized], and I think it killed a little bit of our momentum, but our penalty killers got it right back and had a really strong game. We've just got to find a way to get that extra point at the end there."


Game highlights below.

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Great.  I. Gonna be peeved if they stop the skid at 9 after driving 3 hours to thr game tomorrow

Posted by ThatGuy on 12/03/21 at 11:35 AM ET

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I think you will be ok tomorrow.  I went to the game at UBS last night and the Isles were good in 1st - not so much in 2nd - bad in the 3rd and Dogpoop in OT.  They are gassed and I can’t tell if its the players who had covid or old age for those who did not get it. 

However, if Ilya Sorokin is playing - I would bet on the Isles to win.  He is spectacular, and the Sharks would have won 6-1 if Varly was playing. 

Also, the hockey Gods are overdue to reward the Isles.  Kyle Palmeri is not going to continue to be a 2.4 % shooting percentage.  Zach Parise has played well - but not rewarded.  But with Nelson and Pulock injured and possibly Chara, and Cizikas still in protocol, and players like Lee, Pelech and Bailey just out of protocol and hard to say how ready they are -  Detroit can totally win this game. 

Of the replacement players,  on D - Grant Hutton and Robin Salo have impressed.  Trotz sent Richard Panik and Anatoly Golishev down - which given the lack of scoring (NYI is in 32nd Place of 32 teams in goal scoring)  that was curious and dresses Andy Andreoff instead. 

The other thing - there will be a game when players who have performed poorly ( Bailey, Beauvillier, Pageau) will get lucky and players who have played well but hit more posts than net (Barzal, Parise, Palmieri)  will be getting hot soon. 

Glass half full outlook - the Isles played 18 games so far.  Most of those games were vs. tough opponents (designated as playoff teams from last year + a hot NYR team and CGY teams which will make them this year.  If the Isles can load up on several games this month ( 3 vs. DET, 2 vs. Buffalo, 1 vs. Ottawa) which can help NYI get back in.  But if the Isles lose this weekend both games in regulation - I would say it’s time to start planning the Entry Draft Party for next year and hang onto that first rounder.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 12/03/21 at 09:54 PM ET

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Man, that team is snakebit, but I’m fairly confident Barry Trotz is going to right the ship soon.

Go Isles.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/04/21 at 02:02 AM ET


Appreciate it Kas,  I love the backstories of the opposition before we play them.

Posted by ThatGuy on 12/04/21 at 10:06 AM ET


SYF, they’ve struggled without Leddys transition game I’ve read.  Add all the covid players and it’s an expected result with or without trotz.  They’ll get going soon, hopefully just not tonight.

Posted by ThatGuy on 12/04/21 at 11:43 AM ET

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