There was a lot of concern coming into this season. How the Islanders could replace the 134 points from Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin that left in the offseason? 11 games into the season, and sporting a 4-6-1 record, they are still trying to figure that out.
The joy and excitement that fans got when they watch this team last year, is no longer there. It’s funny. Who thought that after losing some of the longest tenured Islanders in Nielsen, Okposo and Martin, that the Islanders were revert back to there old ways of a few years back, losing late leads and not finishing strong.
The guys the Islanders signed to replace the production they lost from last year, Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera, have a combined 4 points(all assists, no goals) in 11 games, and are a combined -8 in plus/minus.
As an Islander fan since I knew what hockey was, I have watched this team be one of the last in the league for years. The last few years, it looked like they finally turned the corner, and had the right mix of home grown talent, and acquired veterans to be a force for years to come. Coming off their best season in 23 years, hopes were definitely high for the 2016/17 season.
I was at the game vs Tampa at the Barclays, and saw with my own eyes one of the worst performances by the Islanders in years. They looked uninspired, lackadaisical, and just flat out terrible. They lost that game 6-1, and I can tell you the score makes it seem closer than it was.
You would think that after getting embarrassed like that, that they would come out in their next game and battle. That’s what playoff caliber teams do. Instead, the Islanders gave up the game tying goal with less than a minute to play, and ended up losing the game in overtime.
5th time this season #isles have allowed tying goal or winning goal in final 3 minutes.
— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) November 4, 2016
Beginning and closing periods strong is what separates the middle of the road teams, from the teams that play deep into the postseason.
I know it’s early in the season, but the Islanders need to figure it out quick. If they don’t they will be back to the same old Islanders ways of the past 10-15 years, and will finish at the bottom of the league, and back fans will be back with paper bags on their heads.
Islander Panic Meter: 8.5