Saturday's defeat at the hands the Anaheim Ducks played out like six of the past seven games the Islanders have played. The Isles had a decent effort against a good team and a against a hot goaltender, but the result was a loss nonetheless. The Isles are 3-6-3 in the month of March and have not recorded a win at home since February 27.
Sunday's game against the Red Wings will be their final chance to grab a win at Nassau Coliseum in March, and another chance to snap a skid that has dropped them to third in the Metropolitan Division.
"We haven't gone through a losing streak like this," Kyle Okposo said Saturday. "We're doing some decent things, but we're just not all there. We're working hard and just trying to get out it, but at some point we have to get the results here. We know that as a team, but we believe in one another and what we have in here.
"I think if you look at every team in the whole league they have gone through stretches like this, but this time it's us and we have to work to get out of it."
The biggest issue has been the Islanders lack of scoring. Entering the month of March, they were averaging around three goals a game and had been one of the highest scoring teams in the league. The Islanders have scored three or more goals just four times this month and they went on a four-game stretch where they could not record more than a single goal in each contest.
The Islanders have been getting shots on net and scoring chances -- they outshot the Ducks 31-24 Saturday -- but finding the back of the net has been frustrating.
"We obviously want to score goals and we're not doing that right now," Okposo said. "It's tough to come by, but we have to keep shooting the puck and thats what you have to do when you're going through a little slump."
And the power play has struggled immensely. It is 5-for-32 in the last 11 games, which includes a 5-on-3 opportunity for nearly two minutes of Saturday.
The rough March has been tough on everyone. The players frustration was palpable on their faces when they spoke with reporters on Saturday. The fans loudly voiced their displeasure with team via social media and with boos during the home loss.
The situation has also reached a point where some fans are concerned about the team missing the postseason. The likelihood of that actually happening is very slim though. According to Sports Club Stats, the Islanders still have a 99.4 percent chance at the playoffs and the slump has only had a .4 percent negative impact on those chances.
"We have to keep playing hard, keep playing for each other. I know we're going to come out of this," Frans Nielsen said. "This is tough now, but this is going to make it so much more fun when we get out of it and hopefully make a really good run in the playoffs.
"We have to embrace the pain right now cause I know we're going to come out of it and it's going to feel even better once we start winning again."