The New York Islandersâ€™ offense as of late has hit a wall. In particular, their captain, Anders Lee, has been one of the biggest culprits.
In the last three games, Lee has recorded a ridiculous 20 shot attempts, and somehow, none of them have been able to find the back of the net. The Isles as a whole only have one goal in their last 180 minutes of play.
â€œItâ€™s been tough for us lately to find goals,â€ Lee said after Mondayâ€™s loss in Arizona.
â€œWe got that one from [Beauvillier] and couldnâ€™t get the second one. We had chances over and over and weâ€™ve just got to find a way to put it in.â€
Leeâ€™s struggles couldnâ€™t have come at a worse time for the Islanders, who are clawing tooth and nail for positioning in the extremely tight Metropolitan Division. Heading into the final matchup of their four-game Western road swing tonight, the Isles find themselves in the final wild-card spot in the Metro.
The team being in that spot only makes it more crucial for Lee to snap out of this funk heâ€™s been in.
Frankly,Â Lee needs to find that next level and fast. His season has been mired with inconsistent play despite 17 goals and 33 points through 58 games. Heâ€™s of the main drivers on offense for head coach Barry Trotz behind Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle, as well as the teamâ€™s primary goal-scoring threat. Plus g.m. Lou Lamoriello also paid him quite nicely in the offseason â€” $49 million to be exact â€” for moments like the one facing the team now.
As a captain, this is the time of year where your leaders are your best players. The Islanders need Anders Lee to be that guy starting now and down the stretch.