New York Islanders

Isles Fall to Jets 3-0: Is It Time for Panic to Settle in for the Islanders?

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Chris Thorburn #22 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 3, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Jets shut out the Islanders 3-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst INovember 4, 2011

For all the hype surrounding the Islanders going into the season, the team sure has not been living up to it. After a nice 3-1-0 start, the team is suddenly seeing visions from last season, where they had that dismal losing streak.

They now find themselves in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-5-2 record. And to make matters worse, the Islanders have only scored 18 goals in their first 10 games, their lowest total in franchise history.

Last night wasn't any better, when the Winnipeg Jets came to visit the Islanders. Going into a game that the Islanders should've been able to win, they were shutout. That's already their third time getting blanked this season.

It can't get any worse than that, can it?

Well, yes, it can.

One of their players, John Tavares, has seven of the team's 18 goals. So, where's the rest of the offense? Aside from Michael Grabner, who has three, Tavares is the only Islander with three or more goals.

Going into the season, fans and critics alike believed the Islanders would have strong offense but shaky goaltending. It's been the other way around.

You can't really fault Evgeni Nabokov, Al Montoya or Rick DiPietro for a lot of the Islanders losses. Goaltending and defense has been one of the team's few bright spots thus far, as the Isles have only given up 26 goals.

So, is it time for the fans and team to get nervous? You can make some fair points for each argument.

 

For the "Yes, it's time to get worried" side, the team hasn't been producing many goals at all. And taking a look at their next four games, the Isles play the Capitals at home, then go on the road to play the Bruins, Avalanche and Canucks.

Also, in this month, the Isles play the Flyers, Sabres, Devils and Penguins. Ouch.

For the "No need to get worried yet" side, it's still a long season. Anything can happen. And the Islanders are as good as any team when their offense is hot. If the team can actually get its offense on a streak, the Islanders can string some wins together and get right back into it in the conference.

Either way, case in point, the Isles need to start scoring.

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