This has been a painful losing streak and we're all searching for answers. Another perspective that I haven't noticed being discussed is the matter of "it's not just who you play, but when you play them." So, I got curious enough to look at the records of the teams the Islanders have played during the streak and how hot or not they were coming into each game.
Maybe they're not as bad as they seem...
Here is the breakdown:
|11/11/10||San Jose||1 – 2 (SO)||1 – 4||Roloson|
|11/10/10||Anaheim||0 – 1||4 – 0||Roloson|
|11/06/10||Philly||1 – 2||5 – 0||Roloson|
|11/04/10||Ottawa||1 – 4||3 – 1||Roloson|
|11/03/10||Carolina||2 – 7||1 – 3||DiPietro|
|10/30/10||Philly||1 – 6||3 – 1||DiPietro|
|10/29/10||Montreal||1 – 3||5 – 1||Roloson|
|10/27/10||Montreal||3 – 5||4 – 1||Roloson|
|10/23/10||Florida||3 – 4||2 – 1||DiPietro|
The "Opp. Streak" numbers show that only two games were against an opponent that was not on a hot streak, one of which DiPietro layed a serious egg, and the other against a very deep and talented San Jose team on the second night of back-to-backs, on the road, on the West Coast!
Of course, this is standard NYI luck...no chance that the schedule would have had a few early games against Buffalo and New Jersey, two struggling teams, which have been on the schedule early in recent years, if memory serves correctly.