NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders scored six goals during four home games between Oct. 29 and Nov. 8. They weren't generating enough quality chances let alone putting pucks in the net.
The timing for a three-game trip to California couldn't have been better.
"It was good to get on the road," Islanders captain John Tavares said Monday. "Even though that trip is always tough, those three teams in that state always prove to be a tough test and have been very good over the last number of years. It was a good time for us to be together and just get out of New York. [It] certainly proved to be good for us."
The Islanders (9-6-3) won two of three in California, with wins against the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks sandwiching a 2-1 loss at the Los Angeles Kings, which arguably was their best 60-minute effort on the trip. The challenge now is to bring that same high level to Barclays Center, where they'll host the Arizona Coyotes (9-7-1) on Monday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+).