What do you write about when your team just can’t seem to pull out a win? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself over the past weeks. The New York Islanders have come away with only three wins in the past month, and the games usually seem to go the same way. The team has a great knack for taking a lead and holding onto it until the third period; then they just seem to fall apart and end up losing the game. 60 full minutes of hockey is not something fans have been seeing from this team as of late.
Before the break for Christmas, the Islanders had won two out of their last three games. Tonight, they take on Metropolitan Division rivals, the New Jersey Devils, but without their captain, John Tavares. Tavares is “day-to-day” with a lower body injury. The Devils had only one win out of their final three games before the holiday break, and fell last night to Columbus in overtime. Playing a tired Devils team and having momentum from their pre-holiday shut out against Detroit, this could be the fresh start the team needs.
The Islanders play the Devils tonight at 7:00 PM EST at home before taking on the Wild and the Bruins on the road before the end of the year.