New York Islanders Mid Season Report

Team: New York Islanders

Record: 18-22-2

Place in Conference: 12th

Injured Players: Garth Snow, 3-4 weeks, MCL sprain in each knee

Rick Dipietro, day to day, knee sprain

Jason Blake, day to day, bruised ribs

Brad Lukowich, day to day, bruised ribs

Petteri Nokelainen, injure reserve, patella tendonitis

Team Point Leader: Alexei Yashin 15-23-38

Current Situation: The Islanders started the season going from a loss, to a win, to a loss, to another win but as of late, they have gone from two or three losses, to two or three wins and then repeating the pattern. They have no consistency but those of you who are brave enough to read more about it can do so in the Weakness section.

Strengths: I spent a lot of time thinking of the answer to this question and to be quite honest the only strength I (and other Islander fans) could think of was that they have a handful of players that go to the net and cause some trouble for opposing goaltenders. However, they just can’t the puck to those guys so there you have it, yet another weakness….getting the puck to the net.

Weaknesses: I really don’t know where to begin as far as weaknesses go because there are just too many. I guess I’ll start with Head Coach Steve Stirling. In my estimation, he does not belong anywhere near an NHL team. He has no strategies whatsoever, unless you call benching your so called “star players” and changing line combinations more than you change your underwear, strategic.

The Islanders’ next weakness has got to be its inconsistency. For example, they’ll play a terrific first period and then collapse for the last two, or they’ll play horribly for the first two periods and then step it up in the third when it’s too late. They will not win hockey games if they don’t put in the effort. Hockey games are 60 minutes long, I just wish someone would remind the Islanders that.

Another weakness that the Islanders’ posses, regards their penalty kill. In November their PK unit was ranked 10th in the NHL, now they are ranked 24th.

Yet another weakness that the Islanders possess is goaltending. I have not been very impressed with DiPietro so far this year. Now I know that he has no defense in front of him but I have noticed him going down way too early on breakaways allowing easy goals for the opposition. Garth Snow has been solid when given the chance and It is unfortunate that he got injured when he did because I think he would have jump started the team. When both goalies get healthy, I pray to the hockey god that Stirling (or his replacement, hint, hint Milbury) plays him more. DiPietro can’t play more than 10 games straight.

The last weakness that I feel like writing about (this is making me real sick haha) is the third period collapses. Before their game in Buffalo right before Thanksgiving, the Islanders had not blown a third period lead since 2003. Since that loss to Buffalo, the Islanders can’t hold a third period lead to save their lives. That needs to end if they expect to salvage this season.

Needs: First and foremost, the Islanders need a head coach (see above for a few of the reasons why). Next, they need a stay at home defenseman. They have the potential to score goals and I believe that if they get a new coach he will light a fire under their butts and the goals will come. With that said, they need offense as well, but that needs to come from inspiration and desire, qualities that a decent coach can bring out in almost any player.

Expectations: I really don’t know what to expect out of this team. They can turn things around in a heartbeat if they try but then again, things can just as well get worse. Milbury needs to shake this team up somehow. He just traded Niinimaa, but in my estimation that freed up cap space is worthless unless he uses it to the teams advantage and makes another move soon. You’ll know where the team is headed by the Olympic Break. If they haven’t turned things around by then, the playoffs will be a distant memory.


30 Responses to New York Islanders Mid Season Report

  1. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    this is the 1st time in the history of reading the posts on this site that i completely agree with EVERYTHING someone wrote on here. THIS GUY IS A GENIUS.

    his thoughts exactly match the ones i have been writing for wks (especially stirling must go). and i know more than any of you.

    he even got the farily obscure point – that snow needs to be playing more than he currently is – right!

    BRAVO!

  2. ciscokid says:

    Bring on Brent Sutter!

  3. nyrhockey094 says:

    Even as a ranger fan i do agree with most of the things that you are saying. The ONLY thing i disagree with is goaltending. Dub played a fantastic game last night. Hes the kind of guy to jump start your team not snow. Him and even a semi normal dipietro would be a GREAT 1-2 combo in net. I think missing blake isnt helping becuase as much as i hate him i hate to say that he provides the spark for your team and is a GOOD player. A little bit of grit ALOT of speed and ALOT of skill. Only other thing i have to say is that Yashin isnt playing to expectiations. Hes a Chronic under acheiver and just my opinion but i think you guys should bite the bullet on him. That would free up a $hit load of cap room.

    Also your farm team isnt half bad at all. Campoli has been one of the best things to happen to you guys all season. You should bring up another rookie or two to try and ignite your team. The ONLY reason i say this is not because its worked for us this year, but for the fact that you guys arent going any where with the team you have. KEEP Dub up after dipietro is healthy and WAIVE SNOW. Hes not gonna get younger.

  4. islesfan4lyfe says:

    I appreciate your unbisased response on what I wrote. However, I disagree on the entire Snow/Dub debate. In my estimation they are both good goaltenders and I’m defending Snow for a few reasons. First off, he is a leader both on the ice and off of it and right now, the team needs someone to be vocal. Secondly, I don’t know if you happened to watch the Isles/Lightning game on Jan 2nd but Snow was sensational he faced 43 shots and only gave up a penalty shot and a shorthanded breakaway. I must say that i have been impressed with Dub and unfortunately the Isles offense has sucked for him. Realistically speaking, Dub will be sent down once both goalies get healthy. The main thing they need is defense, I don’t care who is in net, with a little defense and a little offense, this team can rebound. I hate to use the cliche “defense wins championships” but it applies in this case.

    But in all honesty, I appreciate and respect what you wrote, I haven’t seen many rfanger fans like that, It’s nice to know there are some out there!

  5. nyrhockey094 says:

    I do agree that there is a big problem on defense, but while they are slumping why not try out another rookie or two? Who knows maybe they have another one who can step up to the plate as well as campoli did. Or hunter two years ago.

  6. nyrhockey094 says:

    No offense buddy but i HIGHLY doubt you know more then all of us you may know alot but i STILL disagree with your gritt idea. GRITT is the last thing you guys need right now and trading a gritty player in asham for another one was kind of pointless. STIRLING is the centre of your problems regardless of the team right now. Under a decent coach they can are very capable of perfoming up to expectations.

  7. nyrhockey094 says:

    Also I agree that they do need a leader on the team because Yashin can never be one. They need some one besides snow to step up to the plate and lead this team. Maybe while him, DP, and blake are out, some one else will step up and try to take on the leadership responsiblities that yashin has neglected ever since hes come to long island. If some one does this team will go far in the future.

  8. Beckfan5 says:

    Hoe does it feel to have such high playoff expectations and have the Rangers being ranked dead last by S.I. in second place?

    Thats gotta suck!

  9. Gretzkin says:

    NY ISLANDERS MIDSEASON REPORT:

    BOY DO THESE GUYS SUCK.

    Zero consistancy.

    Alexei Yahshin. Need I go on?

    Snow – EACH KNEE???? Jesus Christ!?!?!?!

    Dipeitro – Hey guy, welcome to Team USA. Now, let it tons of goals, then get hurt, you chump.

    Steve Stirling – Here’s a playbook, you might want to read it.

    If I were Mike Bossy, I’d be telling chicks that I used to play for the Red Wings.

    Man, what a disappointment.

    Oh wait, you guys just got Jonathan Erskine.

    Poblem Solved.

    If you looked up Losing Team in the Dictionary, you’d find that Stupid Long Island Emblem.

    Kings of SUCK!

  10. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    uh – let’s see:

    the same way it felt for ranger fans almost every season in the last 50 yrs?

    i think that’s a good guess – loser.

  11. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    another ranger fan forgetting which ny area team has the much better winning percentage over the last 40 YEARS.

    now again…in fact all together now…

    WHICH FRANCHISE SUCKS?

  12. wheresthesoda says:

    “changing line combinations more than you change your underwear”, hilarious

  13. Beckfan5 says:

    Funny, I dont remember the Islanders playing 50 years ago.

  14. Beckfan5 says:

    Yeah, but this is a MID-SEASON report.

    Not a half decade report.

  15. Gretzkin says:

    THE ISLANDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m not a Ranger Fan, guy.

    You are about 3 Thousand Miles off.

    The only important thing about winning, is now.

    ALTOGETHER: WHO”S WINNING NOW?

    My Team has more Cups than that, and we demolished your crappy Dynasty.

  16. Gretzkin says:

    Actually, NYRHOCKEY094, this guy is always right.

    100% of the time.

    He’s even said it himself.

    Probably won’t even deny it.

    He thinks he’s pretty special, and fancies that he had a chance to be in the Big League himself.

    He’s full of crap though, I looked into it.

    But, he’s ALWAYS right. Totally.

    Perhaps the Islanders should hire this guy, if he’s so smart, because holy crap do they suck as bad as his vast knowledge of suck.

    If he were so smart, he’d find a real team to get behind, that’s star player isn’t Yahsin.

  17. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    THIS WILL IGNITE A FIRE…BUT:

    the 1980-83 isles were the best hockey team of the last 50 yrs, including your oilers.

  18. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    re: “He’s full of crap though, I looked into it. “

    yeah, right sure – you had some way to a) find out who i am b) pull my hockey history and c) determine through these special p.i skills of yours that i am full of crap.

    newsflash: you’re wrong and retarded.

    i did play jr. a.

    i was a youth hockey all star for 15 years straight. and you are and have always been a couch potato, viewer. that is why i know more than you about what it is to experience the game.

    and as a goalie i certainly know more than you about goalies.

  19. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    i didn’t say they did.

    find in the post where i made that claim.

    in fact, considering that I (not you) was AT the first ever isles game – against atlanta in 1972 – i know exactly when they started.

  20. Beckfan5 says:

    Youth hockey, 15 years?

    Some reason “youth” and “15 years” dont seem to go so well together.

  21. Beckfan5 says:

    Whatever. Your the best, you played hockey at some level and your the all-time greatest Islander fan.

    Put on your tight black jeans, comb the mullett, slide on you WBAB Ozzfest T and lets celebrate.

  22. Beckfan5 says:

    Yeah right.

    The Montreal dynasty was pretty bad.

  23. wingerxxx says:

    espn.com’s top story is that Stirling has been canned. Now all they need to do is get rid of Milbury and things can go in the right direction, hopefully.

  24. nyrhockey094 says:

    LMFAO very true

  25. nyrhockey094 says:

    Blue Orange White just learn to admit that your wrong. You dont know jack shit. Your Islanders suck, i tried to be fair but you just wont let it go. THERS not a chance in hell for u guys. Even Parrish admitted its not so much the coaching but the players. Yeah stirling didnt help but when you have a team as bad as you guys do i duno what to say. Theres no hope for yashin EVER. Kvasha is @#($(@#$ing usless. If you think over the hil goaltender snow is the answer to your problems your just digging yourself a deeper hole. Milbury is just going to make things worse and worse for you guys. But hey at least there are two OTHER bright spots in new york. Ehem sabres and rangers Ehem. Both expected to go no where ehem ehem. You guys were expected to make a decent run this year and you wont even make teh playoffs. So sad. And to all of you other islander fans this is nothign against you just this guy bluewhiteorange.

  26. Gretzkin says:

    That’s hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Gretzkin says:

    Actually I did look into it.

    I haven’t got a clue who you are, but you said at one point that you had been drafted (which you don’t mention in your credentials now, so you’re likely full of crap). I figured since your name is “BlueOrangeWhite”, that you were an Isles fan, and had you been drafted would have some sort of allegiance to them.

    Then, I went and looked at the Islanders draft history, and went throught the Goaltenders all the way back to the mid 70’s. You claimed that you had a tragic career ending injury, and I couldn’t find that in any of those guys. So, I figured, through my diverse P.I. skills, that you were full of crap.

    I may spend a wee but of time on the couch, like the rest of us, but like I told you before, I also played Junior Hockey.

    I’ve experienced the game through and through.

    It was people like me that made you Loud Mouthed Wannabe Goalies look good.

    If I played in front of you, you would have been buying me Steaks.

    Just because you played, doesn’t mean you know more than anybody else, how many times do I need to explain this to you?

    You’re calling me retarded, but your the one who is painting himself as a fool.

    JackAss.

  28. Gretzkin says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Awesome!

  29. Gretzkin says:

    That team was pretty awesome, that’s true.

    But once the Oilers got rolling, they won 5 Cups, One more than your Islanders. And snuffed out any dynasty dreams of said Islanders.

    I’m not going to get into a debate over best teams ever, but I’d put the mid 80’s Oilers up against the early 80’s Islanders.

    Oh wait, they did, in real life, and the Oilers came out on top!

    There are some Habs teams that could fight for “Best Team Ever”, but I think with 24 Cups, I don’t need to mention that.

  30. islesfan4lyfe says:

    Just wondering…..why does every single Islanders forum end up in a fight that has nothing to do with the Islanders? Can’t we all just get along?

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