As bad as it seems to get for the slumping New York Islanders, it appears it could be much worse when all is said and done this season.
Currently riding another losing streak (six games), the Islanders traveled south to Nashville, dropping a 5-0 decision Monday evening to the Predators.
Anders Lindback tallied 28 saves to record his second consecutive shutout, while Patric Hornqvist notched a pair of goals in the victory for the Predators (15-8-6), who are now 6-0-2 in their last eight appearances on ice.
New York, meantime, continues to hold onto the basement in the NHL with a mere 15 points.
Monday’s loss was New York’s 20th in its last 21 games, as goalie Dwayne Roloson took the loss. The Islanders actually outshot the Predators 28-26, making for one of their small feats on the night.
With the victory, Nashville has won its last four home games against the Islanders, a pair by by shutout.
New York was coming off of a disappointing 5-4 loss to Atlanta on Saturday, blowing a two-goal lead and allowing four goals in the final 20 minutes of play.
“It’s deeply frustrating. We played really hard,” defenseman Travis Hamonic told the media following the Atlanta loss. “We’ve got to make sure we’re prepared and make sure we keep battling.”
While they may be battling, the Islanders may not be prepared for just how bad this season could really get when it ends next spring.
About the Author
Written by Dave Thomas