The New York Islanders are the worst home team in the NHL, and their recent issues in the third period aren't doing them any favors.
The Islanders will try address those concerns and conclude an unpleasant four-game homestand on a positive note Sunday against the league-worst Florida Panthers.
New York (13-15-3) is three points behind the New York Rangers and Carolina, who are tied for the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
"It's crunch time every game," goaltender Evgeni Nabokov said. "We're still not far from the pack."
The Islanders could be in much better shape, however, if not for a 5-11-2 record at Nassau Coliseum. Those struggles have continued with three straight regulation losses to begin this homestand, in which New York has been outscored 9-0 in the third period.
The skid followed a 4-3 win at Florida (9-17-6) on March 16, when Casey Cizikas scored the go-ahead goal after the Panthers tied it by netting three ...