New York Islanders Offense Finally Pops in 5-3, But is Change Still Necessary?

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst INovember 6, 2011

Onrej Pavelec stops a shot by Blake Comeau
Onrej Pavelec stops a shot by Blake ComeauBruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Islanders finally snapped their six-game losing streak, against the most unlikely opponent. Earlier tonight, the Islanders were able to defeat the Washington Capitals at home 5-3.

The goal scorers for the Islanders were Frans Nielsen, Brian Rolston, Matt Martin, PA Parenteau and John Tavares.

The offensive breakout was huge for the team, especially against a powerhouse such as Washington.

The Islanders were previously shut out by the Winnipeg Jets, their third time getting shut out this season.

Rick DiPietro looked pretty solid in net as well, stopping 25 of 28 shots.

Despite this being a huge win for the team, I still believe it's time for some more changes in the lineup—and I mean drastic changes.

To ensure the Islanders stay strong, Garth Snow should make a statement by trading Josh Bailey and/or Blake Comeau, who have only combined for one point so far this year.

Another reason the Islanders should look to trade them is for when Nino Niederreiter gets back into the lineup. Also, one of the spots will have to be vacated without a doubt in a year or two when Ryan Strome is NHL-ready.

A trade really fires up a team, as it says that nobody's job is safe. Comeau and Bailey just aren't giving us the production we need from them.

We could dish them and a possible prospect for a solid defenseman, or maybe even another forward who's had NHL success.

Even though the Islanders' offense exploded tonight, the team should still look to make a trade to ensure the offense doesn't take its foot off the gas.