The New York Islanders’ wait to play their first-ever sport at their new dwelling at UBS Enviornment on Nov. 20 actually hasn’t provided the chance for a traditional schedule.
They’re now 10 video games into their franchise-record 13-game season-opening highway journey having simply accomplished a three-game-in-four-night circuit that featured wins towards the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets earlier than a 5-2 loss on Sunday evening to the Minnesota Wild.
Fairly an uptick in video games after taking part in simply as soon as in a 10-day stretch starting from Oct. 25-Nov. 3.
But the Islanders have been one strong interval away from popping out of it with a three-game sweep — blowing a 2-1 lead within the third because the Wild scored two targets in a 2:01 span to take a lead they might add onto with a pair of empty-net tallies within the closing 1:47 of regulation.
Whereas the query arose whether or not or not the Islanders merely ran out of fuel, head coach Barry Trotz shot down any such notion.
“We’ve managed this [road trip] pretty well. [The Wild] played [on Saturday] too,” Trotz mentioned alluding to Minnesota’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. “There’s nothing to do with fatigue or anything like that. They had a push and we couldn’t weather their storm. That’s the disappointing thing to me.”
The Islanders have weathered this highway journey somewhat properly to date, accruing a 5-3-2 document. Final season they received simply 11 of 28 highway video games.
“We’re OK. It is what it is. It’s not an excuse. We’re fine,” Trotz mentioned. “We’re fine on the road. [Saturday vs. Winnipeg] I thought we had a real complete game and today I thought we had two really good periods. The third period wasn’t our best and that’s when you need to close it out.”
The Islanders get one other break and head a bit of nearer to dwelling as they tackle the New Jersey Devils on the Prudential Heart on Thursday.
“Once we get to New Jersey it starts to unfold… to a more normal schedule,” Trotz admitted.
From New Jersey, the Islanders head down to Florida to face the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 15 and 16 earlier than their long-anticipated dwelling opener at UBS Enviornment.
Sunday evening’s loss in Minnesota featured the 2021-22 season debut of veteran goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who had missed the primary 9 video games of the season due to an undisclosed harm.
The 33-year-old goalie, who will work again right into a platoon with Ilya Sorokin, made 34 saves on 37 photographs in his return to the crease — a primary indication that he isn’t as “rusty” as Trotz alluded to in current weeks.
“I thought Varly was great. Varly was Varly,” veteran ahead Matt Martin mentioned. “All of the discuss of him being rusty, he didn’t look all that rusty in any respect. He made some key stops early once they had their push. He made some key stops within the third once they had their push.
“He gave us a chance to win… we just have to do a better job in front of him.”