I wanted to take a look back at the season and look at the streaks the team went through to see if anything stood out.
News Flash: the Islanders were much better when MacDonald, Hamonic and Jurcina were in the line up together.
I broke the season down into four parts. 1) the early nice start 2) the 20 out of 21 games that sunk the season 3) the return to respectability 4) April (who's that playing defense?)
You could really get a feel for how the team would play by who was on the backend getting the puck to the forwards.
Part I: The Nice Start:
Remember Baily getting off to a nice start and the team being 4-1-2. The defense out of the gate was Eaton, Mottau, Wisneiwski; Martinek; Jurcina and MacDonald. Wisneiwski missed games 3 & 4 because of his "jesture" to Avery in game 2. Hillen played both. DP played the first two games and gave up 10 goals. However, he probable played his best game of the year in game 4; a 3-2 OT lose to Pittsburgh. Roloson played well in games 3, 5 and 6 giving up 5 goals in the three games. Game 7 was a nice game for DP with a 3-2 OT win over St. Louis.
OK then what happened. Well, MacDonald gets hurt and then....
Part II: The Oh Shi....that was a long two months. Oct. 23 to Dec 13. Islanders go 1-17-3
I took a look at what defensemen were in these games and who played the most. During this time the Isles used 10 defensemen. Wisniewski played in all the games and Jurcina only played in the first three. Here's a breakdown:
Wisniewski: 21 games; Eaton: 20; Martinek 19; Hillen 14; Gervais 13; Mottau 13; Hamonic 8; Reese 7; MacDonald(the last 5) and Jurcina the first 3.
DP played in 10 games and gave up 42 goals (4.2 goals per game). Roloson played in 11 games and gave up 37 goals (3.36 per game). Of the 10 games DP played he gave up 4 or more goals in 7 games. Roloson gave up 4 or more goals in 5 of his 10 games.
During the 21 games the Islander only scored 36 times. In the 11 games from Oct. 27 to Nov. 21; the Isles scored 12 goals,never scoring more than two in any game. So, it wasn't just the defense. But, I'm of the opinion that a lot of this was because the defense couldn't get the puck out of their own end and up to the forwards.
Major dates to take notice of during this time:
Oct 30, 2011 Jurcina goes down, Gervias goes in. Nov. 13, 2010 Hillen is sick; Islanders play with 5 defensemen. Nov. 17, 2011, Weight plays last game but this is Capuano's first. Nov. 21, 2010 Mottau's last game. Nov. 24, 2010 Hunter's last game and Hamonic's first game. Dec. 2, 2010 MacDonald is back (Islanders get blown out at the Garden). The Isles gave up 5 goals in each on the last 3 games.
Part III: The turn around Dec 16, 2010 Jurcina is back. First game with MacDonald; Hamonic and Jurcina all in the line up together.
Eaton misses four games. The last of the 20-21 games and the next 3; He returns on Dec 22, 2010 but, plays last game on Jan 3, 2011. Dec. 27, 2010 Wisniewski plays last game as an Islander. Dec. 31, 2010 Roloson is trade for Wishart.
Dec. 16, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010: Record: 6-1-1
Jan 2011 Record: 4-8-1
Feb 2011: After the All-Star Break: 8-5-1
Total Dec 16, 2011 to March 31, 2011: Record: 24-18-7
Who cares. Do you believe how many defensemen got hurt this year.
I am not a fan of Eaton, Mottau, Martinek, Wisniewski, Hillen and Gervais. This was the defense that played during the portion of the season that ruined any chance for a good year. Hillen is the only one who's play improved and I wouldn't mind seeing more of. But, I'm glad Wisniewski's gone. Hope they don't resign Martinek or Gervias and can't wait until Eaton and Mottau are gone too.
Jurcina, MacDonald, Hamonic, Streit, Hillen and Wishart need to stay healthy next year.