The New York Islanders have been a team in turmoil all season with their goalie play. The Islanders turned to Rick DiPietro on Tuesday night, and New York still lost 3-1 to the Ottawa Senators. While the team isn’t going to make another trade for a goalie, especially after already trading for Tim Thomas, they can’t depend on John Tavares to carry the team all the way. Tavares has been doing so much in 2013 for the Islanders but unless the New York goalies start stopping shots, things aren’t going to get much better for the Islanders.
The market in New York is very crowded and with two other teams that are playing well in the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, the Islanders have to compete for attention. The negative attention that the team is getting right now with how bad the goalies have been can’t be good for the fan base. DiPietro was drafted No. 1 several years ago and was expected to be the team’s starting goalie for the next decade, but he hasn’t come close to producing.
The Islanders have the offensive firepower to make a playoff run, but unless players like DiPietro start playing a ton better, nothing is going to change for the Islanders. The team can score three or more goals on a nightly basis, but the goalies are giving up close to four goals a game. The list of of games remaining is getting shorter each day, and the team can’t wait much longer for things to get better.