The New York Islanders are off to an abysmal start to this 2011-12 campaign. That should come as no surprise to anyone whatsoever. They are the holders of the 15th and last spot in the Eastern Conference, as well as the 29th overall position in the entire NHL.
The Isles possess the worst goal-differential in the league (negative-27), but they're only one of two teams out of the playoff picture to allow 68 goals or less. In fact, three teams in the playoff picture right now have either the same amount of goals allowed or more. That may seem a little bit surprising, but their goal-drought tells the story.
A team desperate for goals, the Isles have the lowest goal total in the league, with a mere 41 in 21 games. When you're scoring less than two goals per game on average, it makes it pretty difficult to win hockey games.
Even amidst a team's darkest times can you pick out bright spots.
Here's five bright spots from the Isles' dark season beginning.