So, it looks like the All-Star break didn’t provide any answers for Jake Allen or the St. Louis Blues.
At least, that’s the takeaway if you consider results alone, as Allen struggled once more and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Blues 5-3 on Tuesday. Allen allowed four goals on just 23 shots, losing in his first start since Jan. 19.
Judging by quotes from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues seemed remarkably even-keeled after the defeat. Maybe they merely believe there was only so much they could do, much like Allen may have viewed this goal by Nikolaj Ehlers?
Many believe that he didn’t exactly learn his lesson, as he pulled this move on Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, avoiding a penalty in the game itself. The caption on this GIF says it all for many in the hockey world:
The Islanders are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games, including a 5-0-1 mark under Weight (strangely, the Jack Capuano era ended with a 4-0 victory against the Bruins on Jan. 16). They’ve given the Capitals some real headaches, something few teams can claim this season.
Three of the Capitals' 11 regulation losses this season have come against the Islanders.
Weight, Greiss, John Tavares and the rest of the Islanders have a lot of work to do as they continue to try to dig their way out of a serious hole.
As an interesting aside, for all the Barclays drama, the Islanders are 16-8-5 at home and 6-9-4 on the road so far this season. That disparity in home versus away contests so far in 2016-17 is yet another reminder that there could be some serious bumps in the road soon enough.
Still, with how dire things were not that long ago, the Islanders will gladly accept some hope even if such optimism might need to come with a disclaimer.
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