Lacking their hard-edged type, Islanders look misplaced in loss to Panthers as skid continues – The Athletic

The Barry DefianceIslanders had their struggles in the over three seasons he led the team. They have had some streaks of bad luck, but only one before this season, which included four straight losses.

But they never looked lost. At least until Tuesday.

Your 6-1 loss to the Panther It was already going uphill before the puck fell. It was the final stop of a 13-game stint to open the season as the islands’ new home, UBS Arena, prepared for its debut. Ryan Pulock missed a streak of 263 games in a row with a lower body injury; Josh Bailey was also absent after testing positive for COVID-19.

However, these islanders have previously banded together due to premature absences. Even if they lost games without a few key players, they still play defiantly – edgy, defensively stingy, and offensively mostly opportunistic.

That style has been absent for over a week, with four straight losses for a combined number of 19-4. Tuesday was the first that the Islanders were out early, falling into a 4-0 hole by a Panthers team that drove the Isles net and staying there while the Islanders simply again failed to protect the house, hanging Ilya Sorokin out to dry.

Despite trying to send a message on Monday in Tampa, Florida, scratchy