Islanders game against Kraken postponed due to snow storm
At least it’s not COVID-19.
The Islanders can now add the weather to the long list of issues that have plagued their 2021-22 season.
Saturday’s game against the Kraken was postponed Friday night due to the snowstorm expected to hit the New York metro area. The game, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., would have been Jordan Eberle’s return to Long Island and a chance for the Islanders to get back on track after a demoralizing loss to the Kings on Thursday night.
Long Island Railroad and Metro North service is expected to be suspended and roads could be poor, with snowfall expected throughout the day Saturday.
the NHL announced the game against Seattle will be postponed to Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
That shortens the Islanders’ All-Star break by one day and means they’ll play a back-to-back game before the break, with a game against the Senators at UBS Arena on Tuesday night. Their Sunday game against the Wild is still on the schedule.
The 3-2 loss to the Kings on Thursday brought the Islanders down to .500 and was another disappointing performance against a playoff team. During the first half of the season, almost nothing went well for the Islanders.
The COVID-19 outbreaks, both among the Islanders and across the league, caused several November and December games to be postponed. This allowed the Islanders to play only twice in over three weeks at one point.
On the ice, the product was disappointing, as a team that reached the Stanley Cup semi-finals in each of the last two seasons found themselves outside the playoff picture, with their window to come back starting to close.
“We’re in a hole,” Scott Mayfield said Thursday night. “I think .500 was a benchmark that we looked at. We were able to get there. But yeah, it was hard. It’s just back and forth. Get a game ahead, then come back.
The Islanders’ struggles have come lately against playoff teams such as the Kings. The Wild, the Islanders’ opponent on Sunday, hold a wildcard spot in the Western Conference. The Islanders’ offense continues to be a problem, and a game against the Kraken – whose goalie has been chaotic all year – could have been a chance to get it right.
Instead, it will have to wait.
“Our concern is to win hockey games and you have to score to do that,” Anders Lee said Thursday. “Tonight we generated an attack, it didn’t go to the net. It may sound worse than it was. Every time you lose, it doesn’t feel good.