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NEW YORK -- Coming off two 100-point seasons and their best playoff run in 23 years, the New York began this season with high hopes. Nike Air Max 2020 Canada . Things havent been working out so well.Sixteen games into the season -- about one-fifth of the way through -- the Islanders are having trouble scoring goals and the losses are piling up.With just one win in the last seven games (1-3-3), they are just one point out of last place in the Eastern Conference and their 40 goals ranks in the middle of the pack in the conference and the league overall.I have not found the combinations to give us some offense, coach Jack Capuano said after the team was shut out for the first time this season Monday night. Its on me to find guys to play with certain guys. Our guys are well prepared for games. We have to be able to find some offense.The Islanders were booed through much of their latest loss -- 4-0 to Tampa Bay -- by the home fans looking for another strong season after finally reaching the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993 .I understand the frustration of the fans and frustration of the players, Capuano said. but for me, as a coach, Im behind these guys. I want them to succeed.Two months after their postseason ended last spring, the Islanders lost long-time stars Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin on the first day of free agency , and replaced them with Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera. The departed trio combined for 52 goals and 83 assists last season, while the two newcomers have totaled three goals and five assists so far.Capuano has shuffled the lines all season, searching for the right combinations -- especially for captain John Tavares, who spent most of the latter part of last season on the top line with Okposo and Nielsen. Ladd and Chimera began the season with Tavares. Chimera was then replaced by Josh Bailey. Ladd was then dropped down, with Shane Prince initially taking his place, but Cal Clutterbuck has been moved up there the last five games. The changes have rippled on the other lines as well.Tavares is still confident the team can turn things around.How many games do we got left, he said. You just keep going, keep working. You find your way out of it. Obviously we dont want to be in the spot that were in, but were not going to quit. We just got to stay positive and stay together. Therea plenty of time for improvement with 66 games remaining, but it needs to start soon. The Islanders began Tuesday only six points out of a playoff spot, but would need to jump over eight teams just to get in the Easts second wild card spot.Obviously it feels like everything is against us right now, Tavares said. Theres a long way to go at this point in the year. ... All you can do is work to sway the momentum, get some good results and try to build some momentum off that and build confidence.A strong home team the last two years, the Islanders had a chance to get off to a good start with their next game -- on Friday night against defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh -- being their 12th out of the first 17 at Barclays Center. The Islanders head into that 5-4-2 on home ice. That will be followed by a three-game trip to California next week with the team still looking for its first road win after going 0-4-1 in the first five.We have to get back practicing hard, get ready to go, obviously a big game Friday night and a big road trip, defenseman Travis Hamonic said. We just have to keep pushing forward. No ones feeling sorry for us.The poor start has put Capuano on the hot seat and with the coach repeatedly taking the blame for the teams scoring troubles, the pressure will likely only build.I can only control what I can control, Capuano said when asked if he was concerned whether general manager Garth Snow might consider a coaching change. Thats not my decision. I come to the rink every day like everybody else and work extremely hard. ... As Ive said, we have to find a way -- and it falls on me -- to try to get some offense out of this team.---Follow Vin Cherwoo at Nike Air Max Outlet Canada . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. Air Max 90 Canada . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. . Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move. In the history of the sporting rivalry between Montreal and Toronto, there are only a few chapters between the two cities professional soccer clubs.But the most riveting entry is about to be written.The Montreal Impact hosts Toronto FC in the first leg of their MLS Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in a crowd that could exceed 60,000 fans. Its already become one of the leagues fiercest rivalries and the intensity is going to get kicked up that much further with the honor of being Canadas first ever MLS Cup finalist at stake.Its great for Canadian soccer because two clubs out of the three are in the conference final, and one will be able to attend the final, said midfielder Patrice Bernie, a native of the Montreal suburb of Brossard, Quebec. It shows the growth of professional club soccer here in Canada. ... These are the types of game you want to play in.Given the gravity of the situation, the Impact decided to move the game indoors to the larger Olympic Stadium instead of the usual home of Saputo Stadium, which is just a few steps away and only seats just over 20,000 fans. The Olympic Stadium, meanwhile, is the massive legacy of the 1976 Olympics and iits enclosed concrete bowl will amplify what will be an intensely massive crowd for the occasion. Nike Air Max Canada Online. Its also fortunate that they did move the game indoors because a weather system could bring snow to the Montreal area the day before the game and into game day.The surface at Saputo Stadium is natural grass while the Olympic Stadium has an artificial surface that will add another dimension of unpredictability to the game.Its the same for both teams. I think anytime you mention turf in MLS, guys kind of roll their eyes a little bit. Itll be a fantastic venue. Itll be a fantastic atmosphere, said Toronto defender Drew Moor. Were excited to go. Its not going to be a factor at all.These same two teams met last season but in the one-game knockout round with Montreal easily winning 3-0 at home. At this stage of the MLS Cup playoffs, there is a second leg to be played in Toronto.That takes place on Nov. 30 when one of these teams will not only represent their respective city but also Canada for the first time ever in an MLS Cup Championship game. ' ' ' 

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