Rick DiPietro is never one to sugarcoat things, and he had plenty to say when asked to diagnose the Islanders' recent failings.
The former Isles goaltender told MSG's Shannon Hogan during the postgame coverage Tuesday that New York isn't sure what their identity is right now, and it's making them far too easy a match up for their opponents.
"Well, you know what? I think the Islanders are too easy to play against," DiPietro said. "I understand you're not going to win every game, but at home, the Islanders have been a pretty dominant team […], and right now I think they're searching for their identity. Last year, you knew what you were getting with the New York Islanders. You were going to roll four lines, and they had - you called it the fourth line - but the best fourth line in all of the NHL. Right now, they're struggling to find who they are, and for me, when you watch this game and the recent games, the forwards for the Islanders are the problem."
DiPietro went on to say that the forwards are leaving the defensemen out to dry, particularly on the backcheck, pointing to Nikita Kucherov's goal in the second period.