Can It Get Any Worse for the Islanders?
As of this writing, the Islanders are the third worst team in the Eastern Conference and are just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. To say that the team is inconsistent would be the understatement of the century as at some points in the game, the team looks like world beaters while at other points, they look lost on the ice.
Not only are they losing a lot of games, but they also just lost their best player and team captain John Tavares for the season. To make it sting even more, Tavares did not even get hurt while playing for the Islanders as this injury happened in Team Canada's 2-1 win over the Latvians yesterday.
Things simply have not gone right for the Islanders this season. Let's take a deeper look at why.
This may have just happened but the injury to Tavares is a devastating blow for this hockey club.
Going into the Olympics, Tavares was not only the team's leading scorer (24 goals and 42 assists for 66 points), but he was third in the entire league in points. Night in and night out this season, Tavares found a way to score big goals, set up his teammates and come through in the clutch when his team needed it the most.
With the injury, the Islanders have now lost their best player and while there are others on the team who have had solid offensive seasons, none of them can replace a player of Tavares's ilk.
The team's goaltending has been extremely inconsistent this season.
Whether it is Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson, it has not been easy for whoever is between the pipes for the Islanders this season. As of this writing, the team is second to last in the league in goals allowed this year as the club has allowed an average of over three goals per game, which is not going to help a team win hockey games.
While the blame cannot solely be placed on the goaltender's shoulders, they must carry some of the blame. The three have netminders have allowed soft goals at the wrong times and have not been able to come up with the big save when the team needs it the most.
Without good goaltending, a team is not going to go very far and right now, the Islanders do not have the goaltending they need in order to be successful in this league.
Capuano Not Pushing the Right Buttons
While a lot of the blame for the Islanders' poor season can be placed on the players, team head coach Jack Capuano has to take some of the blame.