The Islanders allowed four unanswered goals after taking a 3-2 lead in a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday at Barclays Center. >> Box score
- 6:32 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: John Tavares, Josh Bailey
- 9:33 DET Martin Frk; Assists: Jonathan Ericsson, Dylan Larkin
- 16:49 DET Gustav Nyquist (power play); Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar
- 2:03 NYI Ryan Pulock (power play); Assist: Jordan Eberle
- 12:59 NYI Bailey (power play); Assists: Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy
- 15:15 DET Anthony Mantha; Assist: Zetterberg
- 10:03 DET Trevor Daley; Assists: Zetterberg, Larkin
- 14:12 DET Mike Green; Assists: Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou
- 19:31 DET Luke Glendening (ENG); Assists: Danny DeKeyser, Frans Nielsen
Barzy going between the legs to set Bails up for the PPG 👀 pic.twitter.com/84XcBJUkud- New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 20, 2017
The Islanders cannot dominate a game this thoroughly, especially on home ice, and lose. Not in this division, and definitely not this season. Every point matters, and they can't afford to give anything away against a team they are clearly better than. This was a missed opportunity.
What the heck happened to Thomas Greiss? Is it mechanical? Psychological? He can't stop anything right now. Five goals on 21 shots? Inexcusable.
The defense, for that matter, needs some shaking up. With all due respect to Dennis Seidenberg, Calvin de Haan's injury means they have to see what Devon Toews or Sebastian Aho can do at the NHL level. Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk and Ryan Pulock have been strong, but everyone else has been incredibly inconsistent. They need to see what else they have in the system before they go the trade route.
The forwards don't deserve too much slack, but they need some depth past the first two lines. The first and second lines are two of the best in hockey, but they need more. The Isles have come back to the pack now, and they need a jolt to get things going. After this one, perhaps it's time for Garth Snow to work the phones.
The Islanders host the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center on Thursday at 7 p.m.