By Nick Colombo
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If I hear one more local hockey fan getting all impressed about the Devils I’m going to slap somebody. Every day, it’s the same thing – “oooooo the Devils are 20-3-2 in their last 25 games.” “Wowwwwww the Devils used to be 27 points out of 8th place and now they’re only 8.” For the love of God hockey fans, shut up. Ok, I get it, the Devils really sucked to start the reason and now they don’t suck as much. Well guess what other local hockey team turned it around after an awful start? Oh, the New York Islanders. Yes, the Islanders that everybody consistently looks down upon are, wait for it, only 2 points behind the Devils! Yet, while everyone in town is going head over heels for a team that can’t even draw attendance when it wins a Stanley Cup, nobody compliments the Isles.
I must admit, this turnaround feels good. It’s nice to see the team playing well. It’s nice to see guys playing with enthusiasm and energy this late in the season. Furthermore, fans want this season to end on a positive note. Everyone wants to leave this season with some glimmer of hope for the Islanders’ future. That being said, the Devils and Islanders have something else in common besides their closeness in the standings – they’re not making the playoffs.
Even with the amount of games to go, there are too many teams and too many points to gain for the Islanders or the Devils to make the playoffs. Luckily, the Islanders still have the 4th worst record in the league. Yes, I said luckily, and that’s because they still have a chance at an awesome draft pick.
We’ve all had our jollies seeing that the Islanders have the potential to play good hockey next year. Now, it’s time for us to all grow up and think rationally. I don’t want to hear how weak the upcoming draft is. The best thing the Islanders can do at this point is to improve their chances next season by ending up with as high a draft pick as possible.
So let everyone continue to be impressed by the Devils and their futile drive to make it into the playoffs. I am more than content to let the Islanders lay low, get their losing on, and sail towards another solid addition to a team that we all see is growing into a consistently competitive hockey club.
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