New York Islanders Run Into Brick Wall With Goalies

By Andy Schmidt
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

After giving a huge victory on Saturday night, the New York Islanders had to have confidence going into Monday afternoon’s home game with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders came out flat instead of inspired and got drilled 7-0. That is a football score, not a hockey score and there is zero reason that any team should ever lose 7-0. I thought that the Islanders had turned the corner with that win on Saturday but that isn’t the case at all. It looked like the team turned around and went back where they came from.

This team is built on what John Tavares can do right now. Tavares had a hat trick Saturday before the whole team was shut down Monday. Tavares could score 150 points this season and it wouldn’t help at this point because the breakdown is between the pipes. When you are giving up nearly four goals a game, you can’t expect your offense to score five a game just so you can stay above water.

If the team’s goalies can’t cut it, then the Islanders need to make a trade to get someone’s backup who can play better because the offense is there but without a better goalie, the team is dead in the water. The Islanders have proved that they can be a dangerous team on the offensive side but their opponents know darn well that as long as they can keep New York under three goals a game, they will likely win because of the porous goaltending. The team needs a major boost and a trade as soon as possible.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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