It’s safe to say the Islanders’ hot start is officially over. Four straight losses mar their most recent stretch of schedule and the team’s solid starting record of 4-1-2 has now ballooned to 4-5-2. Once-sizzling Blake Comeau has registered just two points in the last seven games and hasn’t scored a goal since his pair against the Rangers on Columbus Day. Josh Bailey has scuffled since enduring a hip pointer and even when John Tavares records a hat trick, it’s not enough to get the Isles a win.
Safe to say the boys from the Island can use this three-day respite before suiting up for consecutive road games Wednesday in Carolina and Thursday in Ottawa. After that they’ll return home to take on the Philadelphia Face Checkers Flyers in a game that promises to feature more than a few gloves hitting the ice.
In the meantime, here’s some reading to get you caught up on the Isles’ situation.
Chris Botta breaks down the team’s recent poor play.
Sean Leahy over at Puck Daddy looks at some of the fisticuffs from the Flyers game.
Lighthouse Hockey breaks down the bad (understatement) 6-1 loss to the Flyers, as well as offering an opinion on the Danny Briere's crosscheck on Frans Nielsen's face. Some people have noted Briere as a classy individual, and off the ice that may well be. On it though, he seems to favor some pretty dirty shots, such as spearing Alex Ovechkin in his man parts during a blowout Buffalo win a few seasons back.
LHH also takes a look at the Islanders’ prospect picture.