The Islanders are 0-3-1 in their last four home games, while also having won five of their last six on the road. With Jaroslav Halak back in the NHL and the goaltending figured out, maybe it’s better the Isles are on the road for most of the last eight games of the season.
In their last three road games the Islanders have scored at least three goals while amassing the same total in games at home. The only difference is in their last three home games, the Islanders have scored only two goals apiece. This continues to magnify a glaring issue with the Islanders record, they only seem to win games in which they score at least three goals.
With Halak back in net, the Islanders were able to chip away at a 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh, only to display a very unmotivated effort in a 2-1 loss against Boston at home the day after. The standings, NHL, and more importantly the Boston Bruins don’t care that it was the tail end of a back-to-back scenario.
The Islanders are surrendering precious points at the most crucial time of the season. Now two points behind Boston, three behind Toronto and Tampa Bay only separated by one point from the Islanders the excuses need to go out the window. Fatigue cannot be an issue, the goaltending must be sharp, and there cannot be anymore shifts taken off.
These are the main talking points in this edition of Into the Isles.