The Islanders have gone from a team that seemed poised to take a run at a playoff spot but they now find themselves in 13th place in the Eastern Conference as they have lost 7 straight. The Islanders need to put an end to this skid tonight as they prepare to face the Nashville Predators who have been on a bit of skid themselves, 3-6-1 in their last 10.
Nothing has really gone right for the Islanders during this losing streak. The defense has been abysmal as they are averaging 3.85 goals against per game. The offense as been pretty much non-existent as they have only averaged 1.28 goals per game.
You never want to go through a streak like this but I think the Islanders are doing it at a good time. The Islanders have four games before the Olympic break, that's including tonight's game (Predators, Penguins, Lightning, and Senators). If the Islanders can take a couple of these games before the break they will be fine. The Eastern Conference isn't exactly top notch and after the Olympic break they will have 20 games to right the ship.
The trade deadline is also looming and the Islanders don't seem as though they are going to make any big moves. They waived veteran defenseman Brendan Witt, who's contract is up at the end of the year. I can still see him getting traded to a playoff team that wants a big, physical defenseman. Two years ago, Hal Gill was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Penguins for a 2nd and 5th round draft pick. I can see the Islanders pursuing the same type of deal for Witt. Martin Biron is another interesting player that the Islanders may move. Biron's time on the island wasn't what Garth Snow imagined when he signed him this summer. A team that may be interested in Biron's services are the Islanders in-state rivals the New York Rangers. The Rangers are in need of a backup goalie for Henrik Lundqvist. Its also reported that Snow may hold on to Biron just in case DiPietro's health becomes an issue again.
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