Pressure is mounting on the Islanders after their fourth straight loss as they remain four points out of the final playoff place in the Eastern Conference.
The Isles lost to the Canadiens 3-1 on Wednesday night, a team that is third-bottom in the Eastern Conference. After a 23-save performance, G Jaroslav Halak was self-critical after the game.
"I need to be better for the guys right now," said Halak, via Kelsey Patterson of Newsday. "We need every point. We had some chances, we just didn't hit the net. We need to find a way. It starts with me."
Not all hope is lost yet, though. Rookie Mathew Barzal, who scored the team's only goal against the Canadiens, believes the team could have won each of the last four games they lost.
"We're right there," said Barzal. "We could have been up 4-0 in all of those games if we look back at them. It's been frustrating the last couple of months not being able to find that extra goal or get that bounce. Tonight again. Chances were there. That game was winnable."
The Islanders will get a chance at immediate retribution against the Canadiens as the teams play in New York on Friday at 7 p.m.