If you ask goalie Dwayne Roloson, the plan is simple.
To turn their season around, all the Isles must do is play a smart, simple game every time they step on the ice.
But as we’ve seen, that’s easier said than done. The Isles have lost four of their last five and are 3-7-0 over their last 10 games.
In a half hour, Roloson & Co. will look to right the ship against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tonight will be the third time Toronto and the Islanders have faced each other this season, though it will be the first time on Long Island. On Nov. 23, Roloson had a career-best 58-save game to help lead the Isles to a 4-3 OT win. The Leafs, however, defeated the Isles most recently, winning 3-2 on Dec. 9.
Unlike the Isles, Toronto has had a rather good December. The Maple Leafs are 5-4-1over their last 10 games.
In spite of the issues hampering the Isles – namely, special teams – Roloson said the team must remain confident.
“Just believing in ourselves and making sure we’re doing the things and controlling the things that we can control and not get frustrated with some of the losses that we’ve had that we should be winning, and staying the course is a big thing for us,” he said this afternoon.
“We are young…But as long as we’re all staying the course and doing the things that we’ve been taught and playing the system we’ve been taught, things are going to start improving.”
Be sure to check back later for updates throughout tonight’s game!