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Islanders Horrible Home Form Continues with Loss to Ducks, Look to Stop the Bleeding against Detroit Red Wings Today

The New York Islanders fell for the seventh straight time at Nassau Coliseum, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Anaheim Ducks as their free fall continues.

Once looking like one of the NHL’s best teams and having gone through a stretch without some of their top players, you would think that the Isles would be putting it all together right now.  However, it has been the exact opposite.

Once again, the Islanders failed to score more than 2 goals.  They couldn’t get a point from the game by getting to overtime, and they fell short against another western conference opponent after dropping a game to the Kings by the same 3-2 score line.

The scene is becoming all too familiar for the Long Island fans as the Islanders were playing catch up all day.  They fell behind 1-0 when Rickard Rakel found the net in the first period but responded with a goal from defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

However, the next two goals came from Anaheim sticks and the Isles found themselves down 3-1 in the third.

Gritty fourth liner Casey Cizikas found the twine, but the Isles could draw no closer as they were halted yet again at home.  The year of “yes, yes. yes” is quickly becoming “no, no, no” as this has gone from being a blip on the radar screen to a major problem for head coach Jack Capuono.

After generally doing a very good job at keeping the Islanders on an even keel this is beginning to have the feel of a situation that is quickly getting out of control for this coach.

The Islanders stay on home ice Sunday with a late afternoon visit from the Detroit Red Wings.  The Islanders last chance to win a home game in what has been a forgettable month of March.  The last home win came in February against the Calgary Flames on February 27th.

To pinpoint was has been holding the team back is quite difficult because it seems to be something different each game.  In much the same manner as the team was finding ways to win earlier this season, in March, they have simply found ways to lose.

 

Anze Kopitar felled the Islanders with his late goal last week

Against L.A. on Thursday it was losing Anze Kopitar in front of Halak’s cage to allow a goal late.  Against Minnesota earlier in the week, it was one man, Zach Parise scoring a game-tying goal and a shootout goal to do in New York.  And on Saturday, it was falling behind early, and being unable to complete a comeback.

In short, it simply feels like the Islanders can’t win a game and particularly on home ice.   After each opposing goal, the lack of confidence in the fans is palpable.  Coach Capuono has his hands full trying to restore this team’s confidence which was sky high just one month ago.

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