The Minnesota Wild scored a season-high six goals in a 6-4 win over the Islanders on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. >> Read more
- 4:56 MIN Marcus Foligno; Assists: Jared Spurgeon
- 6:09 MIN Jason Zucker; Assists: Mikael Granlund
- 7:26 MIN Eric Staal (Short Handed)
- 10:49 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey
- 7:17 MIN Luke Kunin (Short Handed); Assists: Eric Staal
- 18:31 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey
- 4:14 MIN Zack Mitchell; Assists: Daniel Winnik, Jared Spurgeon
- 6:11 MIN Jonas Brodin; Assists: Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek
- 10:09 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
- 19:58 NYI Johnny Boychuk Assists: Mathew Barzal, Cal Clutterbuck
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
The New York Islanders are finding things much different on the road this year, as they drop another sleepy effort, 6-3 to the Minnesota Wild, leaving them at 5-4-1 (2-4-0 away from Barclays Center).
When you combine a now ridiculously bad power play (0 for 5 tonight, 2 for 33 on the season) with another two shorthanded goals allowed (now five on the season), you get the kind of start the Islanders could never recover from, being outshot 12-0 and finding themselves three in the hole before eight minutes had elapsed in the first period.
Besides another strong effort by Mathew Barzal (goal, assist) and Josh Bailey (three assists), the rest of the team, including captain John Tavares (five shot attempts in 21:28), failed to show in this one. Tavares now has all 10 of his points in only three of 10 games in 2017-18.
Thomas Greiss also was not sharp, as after Nick Leddy tallied a softy on Devan Dubynk at the end of the second period to make it 4-2, he gave up a soft goal of his own, allowing Zach Mitchell to notch the first goal of his NHL career at 4:14 to put this one out of reach.
All the years I've played, coached and watched this game (believe me, it's a lot), the power play struggles, which are clearly costing the Islanders crucial early season points, are truly baffling. It's a little of everything. Zone entries, puck retrieval, lack of shooting, lazy turnovers and more. Tonight, the coaching staff threw darts at the wall, inserting Cal Clutterbuck to the unit. They missed. The entire wall.
What's Next: The Islanders will head to Nashville to face the Predators at 8 p.m. on Saturday.