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Islanders ICYMI: A Not So Good Start To November



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The New York Islanders collected at least one point in all three games they played this week.

However, they really should’ve come away with more. On two separate occasions, the Islanders lost in overtime after holding a two-goal lead to begin the third period, ending the week with four points and a record of 1-0-2.

Ball Dropped Against Detroit:

Up 2-0 to start the third period, the Islanders surrendered three goals in under four minutes to the Detroit Red Wings before ultimately losing in overtime on Monday night. Following the game, no one shouldered the blame or the guilt alone.

Islanders Locker Room Reaction: Guilt Stems From Blown Lead In OT Loss To Detroit

Lambert Explains Costly Line Change:

In that game versus Detroit, Islanders head coach Lane Lambert made a line change that at the time seemed bold but turned out to be fatal.

The next morning, Lambert had some explaining to do.

Islanders Lane Lambert Explains Costly Line Switch

Islanders Wash Slate Clean In Washington:

On Thursday, the Islanders took a quick midweek road trip down to Washington, D.C. Facing the Capitals, Semyon Varlamov picked up his second straight shutout victory despite the Islanders being outshot and out-chanced the entire game.

Islanders Outshot In Shutout Win Over Caps

Mayfield & Fasching Come Up Big In Returns:

The Islanders had Scott Mayfield and Hudson Fasching return to the lineup on Thursday. Each tallied their first point of the season in their first game back.

Mayfield & Fasching Produce In Return To Islanders Lineup

Win Comes With Casualty:

The Islanders suffered a major loss in the win against the Capitals as defenseman Adam Pelech exited the game in the first period and did not come back. Now listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the timetable for Pelech’s return is uncertain.

Adam Pelech Out Of Islanders Lineup With Injury

Hurricanes Continue To Haunt Islanders:

For the first time in five years, it looked like the Islanders were on their way to a regular season win at home against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night. But after blowing another two-goal lead, the Islanders lost in overtime once again. In a game that felt eerily similar to the one on Monday, the loss brought back memories of the Islanders’ playoff exit from a year ago.

Islanders Blow Lead (Again); Allow 101 Shot Attempts In OT Loss To Hurricanes

How To Move On Without Horvat:

Another potential injury scare hit the Islanders as Bo Horvat limped off the ice late in the game against Carolina. Lambert had no update on Horvat’s condition after the game. Now, the Islanders may need to figure out how to carry on without him in the lineup.

Islanders Contingency Plan Without Bo Horvat Is Full Of Questions

Barzal Fined For Dangerous High-Stick:

To close out an already trying week, Mathew Barzal was handed a $5,000 fine on Sunday morning by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for hitting Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo with a high stick.

Mathew Barzal Fined NHL Maximum For High-Stick On Carolina’s DeAngelo

The Islanders end the week with an overall record of 5-2-3, holding fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with 13 points. Coming up is another three-game week with matchups against the Minnesota Wild, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.