New York Islanders have fans? Damn, where have I been for the last 5 years, In my own opinion the only reason that the Islanders are 1-3-1 in there last five games is because they start Garth Snow! Get a goalie, and you will have a team!
Its actually because the Islanders offense has gone down the crapper since Mark Parrish and Alexei Yashin have been injured. That is two players off of the top two lines, and not to mentioned that both Parrish and Yashin were on nice hot streaks before they were injured. Another problem is that the Isles don't have enough left-handed shooters and that we don't have good passing down low (although the Islanders picked up Cliff Ronning a few days ago to fill both needs). The Isles PP
sucks for that same reason as well. As for Garth Snow, he's just not very consistent, but when he gets on a roll, watch out. Also remember that Rick DiPietro is the Isles goaltender of the future. I don't worry about our goaltending too often.
As for Cloutier, he's non exactly a top-tier goaltender. A fire hydrant could put up those kinds of numbers if it had that defensive core in front of them.
As for the Thrash, Srbmod, have you checked the standings lately? The Thrashers are in playoff contention by a thread (8th place)--and they are behind the Islanders. Kovalchuk still carries the team on his back and if he was ever injured, the Thrash would go in a tailspin. Nurminen is not a legitimate #1 goaltender this season, and it should be up to Lehtonen in future seasons. After the hot start, they have gone in the tank. I'll give credit to Bob Hartley though, he is an excellent coach and the Thrashers should be a real playoff contender if Heatley is ever able to return to form. By the way, how are the ever-loyal Atlanta fans?