No. 30: New York Islanders
Season record: 7-10-4 (18 points)
Lingering in the cellar of the Eastern Conference with a paltry 18 points, the New York Islanders seem to have lost their identity along with the change of home venue from Long Island to Brooklyn. Built on speed and skill, the team that used to score a boatload of goals has a minus-13 goal differential so far this season, and a road record of 1-6-1.
Head coach Jack Capuano’s dump-and-chase power system does not suit his team’s peedy skill-game DNA. If things don’t turn around quickly in Brooklyn, Capuano may be gone before Christmas.