Goals have been hard to come by during the New York Islanders' worst stretch of the season.
The Anaheim Ducks can certainly relate.
The Islanders look to snap a frustrating three-game skid when they host the NHL's lowest-scoring team Monday night.
After climbing the Eastern Conference standings with a 7-0-1 stretch Nov. 28-Dec. 13, New York (18-11-5) has mustered just two Brock Nelson goals while losing three straight in regulation for the first time this season. The low point came Thursday in Arizona, where the Islanders fell 1-0 to a Coyotes team that had allowed 37 goals over its previous eight games.
"We've got to find a way to score goals," forward Ryan Strome said afterward. "These guys had struggled defensively the past couple games and we couldn't crack them."
A power play that's gone 1 for 16 over the last four games has compounded New York's offensive problems, as has John Tavares' prolonged slump. The center has one point in his past eight.
Tavares also won't have linemate Kyle Okposo, the team leader with 26 points, for a second straight game due to a lower-body injury. >> Read more...