The New York Islanders had lost 10 consecutive games prior to last night’s shootout triumph over the San Jose Sharks. They are currently in last place in the awful Metropolitan Division, and are unlikely to make the playoffs this season due to their 9-18-5 record.
Only one other team in the NHL has failed to hit double-digit wins nearly a third of the way into the season and that’s the Buffalo Sabres. That team has already cleaned house and it’s been speculated that Jack Capuano’s job may be in jeopardy due to the lack of New York’s success.
Various Islanders sources have told Brett Cyrgalis of The New York Post that general manager Garth Snow doesn’t think that Capuano is the reason for the team’s struggles, instead blaming the severe drop off in performance on the injury bug. Cyrgalis wrote the following about the situation on Long Island:
…the company line concerning Capuano has not changed. The statement that Capuano was currently safe confirmed what sources within the team said last week, that there was no immediate plan to change any of the coaches and the drastic fall off from last season’s playoff berth — the team’s first since 2007 — was more a result of damning injuries rather than Capuano losing his team.
How long will Snow hold out before making a change behind the bench though? We’ve seen this same “company line” in Buffalo and in Florida with the Panthers, yet both GMs eventually decided to make a change eventually.