If the Islanders gave some amount of effort and competed on Wednesday night against Winnipeg -- debatable -- there was no effort or compete this afternoon against the Red Wings at the Coliseum.
It was an ugly 5-0 defeat that saw literally nothing go well for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin was bad in net, the defense hung him out to dry yet again and the offense didn't have many prolific chances despite managing 29 shots to Detroit's 30.
Another game, another loss and more or less the same story. It is now 10 of the last 12 lost in regulation for the Islanders. Nothing's changed in the last month.
Random bullet points:
- Calvin de Haan was called up but he apparently wasn't ready to play, so he sat in the skybox. He needs "a few practices" according to Coach Capuano, which makes you wonder why he was called up in the first place. But such minutia don't really matter when the team is playing so poorly.
- In the post-game, Capuano said he was "pretty sure you're gonna see [Anders Nilsson] soon." So hold onto your hats for an .880 AHL SVP in net, possibly as soon as tomorrow night when the Capitals come to town.
- Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin combined for 12 hits, so there's that.
- Five regulation losses in a row.
- No standings points earned since November 16th.
- Tied for 27th in points in the entire NHL.