The Islanders have opened the season at 2-3-1 (five points) and sit in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, largely due to an offense that has struggled.
Through the first six games, the Islanders have scored just 15 goals and are 24th in the league with 2.50 goals per game. Head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple that the top line will need to get things going.
"Chances have been few and far between, but they've gotten their share," Weight said. "When they go in they'll go in. I think it was a rolling puck. I don't think he's fighting anything."
What's been especially prominent has been the Islanders' lack of success on special teams. So far, New York has failed to convert on any of its 20 power-play chances but have allowed three short-handed goals.
The Islanders are at about the middle of the pack in the league -- 14th to be exact -- with 32.2 shots for per game, but Weight hopes the team can put more pressure on opposing defenses.
"It starts with shooting the puck," Weight said. "We have some guys that can fire it and we have to start moving it around a little quicker and firing pucks on net."