Ilya Sorokin aside, the Islanders have been a huge disappointment both in the standings and fantasy-wise. If you're looking for an immediate turnaround, you'll have to wait a little longer, as they've been placed on hold for at least the next two games due to COVID. The pause includes Sunday's game against the Rangers and Tuesday's game against the Flyers, if you're trying to plan ahead with your schedule. Keep in mind that the team's existing COVID absences along with the road-heavy opening schedule have contributed to the Islanders' recent struggles (eight losses in a row).
Unfortunately the Islanders were listed as a "Love 'Em" on our most recent Looking Ahead article (published on Friday) because of their original four-game week next week. However, Andrew does provide you with some other alternatives if you're looking to use the schedule to your advantage. There is an opportunity to stockpile some Islanders for some extra future games, but that all depends on when the games are rescheduled. Remember the Canucks games last season that ran concurrently with the playoffs, which was a situation that many could not take advantage of.
The best-case scenario is that the Islanders could still play three games next week. However, we all know how unpredictable COVID has been, so that's something we shouldn't count on.
Numerous Islanders are showing on the Frozen Tools Cold Players list, including the following:
Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom (0 PTS in last 9 GP)
Anthony Beauvillier (0 PTS in last 8 GP)
Mathew Barzal (0 PTS in last 5 GP)
When the punishments don't meet the crimes…