Patrick Roy shakes up his two top lines after tough loss.

Patrick Roy shakes up his two top lines after tough loss.

New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy was not happy with his team on Saturday, and changes have been made.

Jonathan Larivee

New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy was clearly not happy after his team suffered a tough loss on Saturday, openly saying as much to members of the media that gathered for his post-game press conference.

"We just gave that game away," said Roy while shaking his head. "That's all we did."

"We didn't do a good job in the neutral zone and put that puck deep on the first goal," said Roy before adding "bad pinch on that second goal, throw a puck in the stands on the third goal, and then on the fourth goal losing our edge in an odd man rush."

Roy, whose team is in a desperate battle for a spot in the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs, felt that his team should have performed better on Saturday. The team now faces a quick turn around with another game against the New York Rangers set to take place on Sunday afternoon, and Roy has already made adjustments he feels are neccessary.

Roy is focusing on his top players as well, making significant shifts to the team's top two lines. Roy indicated that he feels they simply were not performing up to his standards, something that he felt necessitated a change.

Roy initially made the changes late in Saturday'ss game against the Ottawa Senators, but has confirmed that is how things will start off on Sunbday. Mat Barzal will skate alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Anders Lee while Kyle Palmieri will skate alongside Brock Nelson and Bo Horvat.

Roy is trying to find a spark here for a final push to the playoffs, but only time will tell if his changes pay off.