The Islanders have played two games in 2017, and have two goals in 2017. Facing two of the worst teams in the Western Conference on back-to-back days, the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes, the Islanders offense looked like they were still hungover from partying on New Year’s Eve, ruining two stellar performances by goalie Thomas Greiss. A good way to sum up the Islanders ineptitude to score goals would be to look at Shane Prince’s shift in overtime last night against the Coyotes, in which he managed to hit the post and, later in the shift, the crossbar. Right now, the offense just can’t catch a break.
In the last two games, Greiss has stopped 64 of the 67 shots he has faced, but has no win to show for his effort. At this point, he must be perfect for a chance to win. Last night, he didn’t allow a goal until Brandon Perlini finally beat him 14:05 into the third period. In the 3 games the Isles have played since the Islanders waived Halak, Greiss has had a save percentage of .950 with a 1.58 GAA, but only win to show for his efforts.
Friday night’s win at home for the Avalanche was their first home win since November. The Coyotes’ win last night at home against the Isles snapped a 10-game home losing streak and a 9-game losing streak overall. The Islanders have until Wednesday to try to get themselves together in time for their next game at home against the Panthers. At this point, management needs to think about how they can bounce back next season, whether through trades, free agency, or putting their faith in their prospects, who they say aren’t NHL ready at this time. There may very well be new management for the Isles by the next offseason.