The Islanders are running out of games to pick up points in the Eastern Conference playoff race and they're running out of ways to say 'we need to be better.'
After losing to the Canadiens 6-3 on Friday night, the team's fifth straight loss, head coach Doug Weight asserted, again, that the Isles simply have to improve.
"There's things we can do yeah, but we're not playing well," Weight said, via Arthur Staple of The Athletic. "We're playing pretty well structurally. But we've got guys in our lineup with one shot the last seven games, three points in 15-16-17 games. You can say what you want. We need more."
More frustrating for Weight, the head coach hasn't sensed the right type of energy required at this time of the season.
"It's a clutch time of year, we need guys to be clutch," Weight said. "Put themselves in team situations where we do things better than other teams. It didn't feel like, after the middle of the second, it didn't feel like a playoff atmosphere."
The Islanders will look to get back on track against the Penguins on Saturday evening at 5 p.m.
Andrew Battifarano: Well, talk about the understatement of the year.
By and large, this team hasn't played well since the middle of the December, and there's no indication that things are going to turn around at any point soon.
It's definitely been a frustrating second half, with a weak defense not improving one bit as the season nears its end. The offense has been mostly good, but the unit can't carry the load on its own. There was ample time to assess and then improve upon the roster, but now the Islanders have to play with what they have, which isn't a great team right now.
There are only so many times where Weight can say "we need to play better in 'x' facet of the game" without it losing complete meaning. And at this point, it really has. Whether it's in the front office or on the bench, something needs to change to right this ship, though it seems like any move now is too late for this season.