Here is actually an interesting post by Eklund regarding how important the first month of the season is if a team hopes to make the playoffs. After the last two stinkers by the Isles, I'd say we can officially start worrying.....
Actually our slide usually begins right after October.
+1 on this... definitely been a second half team. They need to learn how to play with desperation every night like a young team should (ala Chicago did).
After that 5-3 against Florida at the end of the game I realized that the Isles do need a playmaking veteran to ground them and not get them antsy. That powerplay looked to jacked up and they couldn't just settle down and do what they do best, especially like the first two goals. I felt at least a point should have come from that game.