Going into this week, the New York Islanders were already facing a substantial amount of adversity. That, however, would pale in comparison to what they’d have to deal with from that point on.
Michal Handzus scored the go-ahead goal 6:45 into the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
As we begin a season that will feature the Islanders for once as a team to reckon with, they have troubling questions at the one position that they really need to have most if not all of the answers.
The club released its 23-man roster on Monday and, perhaps in a somewhat surprising move the Isles chose to keep young defenseman Griffin Reinhart on the big club while sending sniper-in-waiting Ryan Strome to Bridgeport.
Since the start of training camp, we’ve learned a lot about this team. We’ll learn even more in the days and weeks to come, especially about who will be Evgeni Nabokov’s understudy.
The Isles need to have someone else to lean on besides Evgeni Nabokov. That’s where Kevin Poulin comes in.
Depending on who you talk to, Evgeni Nabokov either had himself a solid year or a horrendous one for the New York Islanders in 2013.
New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin has accepted the team’s one-year, two-way qualifying offer.
Garth Snow was a goalie, one that experienced some success in the NHL. So he has to know the status quo will not be acceptable for his Islanders next season. If Evgeni Nabokov is the starter again, there will be hell to pay.
The Isles will assess and look to see what they can improve on this summer. However, the shopping list that has excited fans on Twitter, message boards and in regular conversation is simply unrealistic.
“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”
Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period, Brendan Gallagher added two more and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders for the first time in three tries this season, 5-2 on Thursday night.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves, including stopping Matt Moulson on the doorstep with 4:04 left, and led the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
It was a dismal President’s Day afternoon for the New York Islanders and they were blanked by the Ottawa Senators, 6-0.
John Tavares’ two goals helped the Islanders defeat the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night as they won 4-3.