NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks were two of the most surprising stories of the NHL through the first month of the season. But these next few weeks are likely to reveal more about the Islanders and Canucks than the first few weeks.
The Islanders and Canucks will each be looking to snap losing streaks Tuesday night, when New York hosts Vancouver at Barclays Center.
The Islanders suffered their third straight loss Saturday night, when they fell to the host Florida Panthers, 4-2. The visiting Canucks lost their second consecutive game Monday, when they dropped a 2-1 decision to the New York Rangers.
For the Islanders (8-6-2), the losing streak followed a five-game winning streak that catapulted them to the top of the Metropolitan Division. But new head coach Barry Trotz is looking at the recent struggles as an opportunity for New York -- which wasn't expected to contend for a playoff spot following the offseason departure of John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs -- to display its maturity.
"Two things happen to this team when teams go into funks," Trotz told reporters following practice Monday afternoon. "Everybody wants to play the blame game. It's the power play, it's the penalty kill, it's the coach, it's the management, whatever. The teams that come out of the other end if you let them fight through the adversity, and there's no blame someone for this or blame someone for that -- what happens is those teams always come out better on the other side. They become more resilient. They become better teams." >> Read more
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