Just a couple of weeks ago, all was going well for the Islanders.
They were in first place and playing exceoptional hockey. But the group has lost three of four and five of the last seven. They've dropped out of first place in the Metropolitan Division and find themselves in the middle of a dogfight for a playoff spot.
It's too early to panic just yet, but RW Jordan Eberle said Monday "we need to find that desperation in our game."
Of course, the one win in the last week was an emotional victory over the Maple Leafs in John Tavares' return to NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. The homegrown talent left the Islanders during free agency this summer, but the Islanders have exceeded expectations in 2018-19 and put themselves into playoff contention despite the loss of Tavares.
"We haven't really had that much adversity this year. But we're finding it now," Eberle said. I guess it's better to find it now than to find it in the playoffs."
The Capitals currently sit atop the Metro with 81 points, while the Isles are in second with 78 -- three points ahead of third-place Carolina. New York has a game in hand over Washington.
The Islanders will have a chance to turn things around Tuesday night when they host the lowly Senators and wrap up a five-game homestand.