ELMONT, NY– After defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Friday night, the New York Islanders looked exhausted in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The Islanders are now 17-12-0 on the season, 9-6-0 at UBS Arena.
Josh Bailey-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Simon Holmstrom
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
Paul Stastny gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 7:06 of the second period as Andrei Svechnikov found him all alone at the back post following a rebound. Svechnikov and Brady Skjei were credited with the assists.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead at 4:05 of the third period as he deflected a Brent Burns point shot for his third of the season. Burns and Necas were credited with the assists.
Jordan Staal gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead at 8:49 of the third period as Jordan Martinook found him open in front for his seventh of the season. Martinook and Stefan Noesen were credited with the assists.
Passing a Problem
The New York Islanders generated little to no offense.
Lambert’s club registered 16 shots on goal, but the reason for the lack of offense was due to their inability to make clean transitions out of their defensive zone.
Too often, passes were in skates or off target, which gave the Hurricanes prime scoring chances. It also slowed down the Islanders tremendously, a team not fast to begin with.
The Islanders were on the second of a back-to-back, while the Hurricanes had three days off.
Sorokin a Bit Shaky
Ilya Sorokin, on a bad night, is still elite, but over his last few starts, it seems he’s been slightly off his game. None of the two Hurricanes goals were on him, but right from the initial shot of the contest, his rebound control was off.
One could say it had an effect on the Hurricanes opening tally:
Chel goal!! pic.twitter.com/5t6CoTzbLE
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 11, 2022
Again, not his fault, but a locked-in Sorokin controls his rebounds much better.
He certainly battled in goal, having to fight through screens, but just not as sharp as he had been earlier in the season. The Islanders also did not help enough in front.
Islanders Unleash Fisherman Jersey:
Some fans have been waiting quite some time to see the New York Islanders don the Fisherman jerseys again after the organization banished them to the sun following the 1996-1997 season. Others wish that wait time could be extended 1,000 more years.
Whether you are a fan of the Fisherman Reverse Retro or not, the wait is now over, as the New York Islanders hit the ice for warmup wearing their newest sweaters:
Next up: The New York Islanders kick off a four-game road trip as they are in Boston to face the Bruins Tuesday night, with puck drop at 7 PM at TD Garden.