Eight not great for sinking Isles

The Islanders’ losing streak reached eight games with a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night, and were held goalless despite earning six power plays.

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This was a huge disappointment for the Islanders in the scoring department. In addition to the six power plays, New York faced Anaheim’s back-up goaltender Curtis McElhinney who gave up five goals in each of his previous two starts. Against the Isles, however he earned his first career shutout.

It was the Ducks’ fourth game in six nights and the skaters formerly described as Mighty managed just 14 total shots on goal. Still, it was enough to establish a new low on the Islanders’ eight-game skid, as New York is now tied with the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers for last in the NHL.

The Islanders did everything they needed to win ... except score. And given all the advantages they enjoyed -- powerplays, a fatigued opponent weak on defense, a backup goalie -- this team has to be asking itself, “if not against the Ducks, then when?”

If the Islanders can’t turn it around soon, it will be time to invoke Jim Mora’s immortal words when discussing the Islanders postseason chances.

The Isles are currently on pace for 55 points this season and need to produce 80 points over their next 67 games in order to reach the 90-point plateau that usually puts teams in the playoff running.

Here’s a look at the aftermath.

Morning Links

  • Lighthouse Hockey writes that the game wasn’t a poor showing, except for the zero in the goals column.

  • Prior to the game, Chris Botta wrote that the Isles did not do enough to add scoring this season if they were serious about making the playoffs. After last night’s game that claim will be hard to dispute.

  • Things won’t get any easier for the Isles when they face the Sharks Thursday night. And they’ll have top-line center Joe Thornton back from suspension. The Isles’ official site has a preview.