NEW YORK -- No playoff contender has scored fewer goals this season than the Columbus Blue Jackets. No team, period, has given up more goals than the New York Islanders.
Something will have to give Saturday night, when the Islanders host the Blue Jackets in a battle of struggling teams at Barclays Center.
Both teams are winless in two games following the All-Star Break. The Islanders lost for the second time in as many nights Wednesday, when they were routed by the host Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0. The Blue Jackets began a back-to-back set Friday by falling to the visiting San Jose Sharks, 3-1.
The Islanders (25-22-5) have given up a whopping 189 goals, 13 more than the Arizona Coyotes, who have the fewest points in the NHL. New York is on pace to surrender 298 goals, which would be the most allowed by a team since the Philadelphia Flyers gave up 303 goals in the 2006-07 season.
Despite the porous defense, the Islanders are only one point out of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference -- the same deficit they faced when the All-Star Break began. Still, New York knows it can't tread water for long by playing as it did against the Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers, who cruised to a 4-1 win at Barclays Center on Tuesday. << Read more
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