Isles look to stop skid

Seven games and counting. That’s where the losing streak stands for the Islanders as they prepare to take on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, the start of a three-game California road trip.

Simply put, the Isles have been outplayed in just about every facet of the game during the skid. Their D has been exploited. Their goalies have been porous. And they’re averaging just 1.71 goals per game over this sad span.

In practice Monday, Doug Weight offered some encouragement, by recounting some of the losing streaks he endured with the 1993-94 Edmonton Oilers to NHL.com. One of which included an 0-13-1 stretch.

In order to get off the slide though, the Islanders have to do more than talk. Here’s a look around the media landscape on Tuesday morning.

Morning Links

  • Jon Lane of The Examiner recounts the weekend loss to Philadelphia and looks ahead to the West Coast.

  • Chris Botta writes (via Newsday) that Garth Snow believes his club will get out of it. Also in line change news, Josh Bailey is moving back to center.

  • Hey, did someone say line combinations? Lighthouse Hockey breaks down the productivity of each of the Isles’ line combos. One very dubious number from the intro to that piece: The Islanders currently own a .40 goals for/goals against mark at even strength. That’s easily worst in the NHL and a figure that absolutely must improve for the Islanders to halt their skid.

  • And here’s a reminder that brighter days lay ahead, as Hockey’s Future writes that the Islanders prospect charts exhibit depth at every position.