The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 16, and despite the new format, you can expect the same fast-paced, exciting hockey you crave this time of year.
It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.
When John Tavares went down for the season no one thought the Islanders would be remotely watchable, let alone competitive. However, just the opposite has occurred.
Whether it happens now or in two years, it is going to happen. A change of ownership isn’t a pipe dream. It’s an inevitability, and it has been for quite a while. It makes complete sense, from a number of different perspectives.
I don’t need to sit here and tell you about everything that’s gone wrong with the Islanders this season, but I will tell you this: By no means is this team completely lost.
The Islanders’ Anders Lee has played 11 games in the NHL. He has cracked the scoresheet in all but three, and has 12 points overall. He might very well be just what this transitioning franchise needs.
For a franchise that’s had several low points over the past two decades, March 5, 2014, might’ve been the lowest from an emotional perspective.
Whether it’s the younger players fighting for roster spots or the role players looking to show some pride, I think this team will show a ton of heart the rest of the way.
John Tavares knows a thing or two about playing on the international stage. The 23-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario has represented Canada in seven tournaments since 2006 and has put together an impressive portfolio.
On Wednesday, New York’s Islanders and Rangers will be at Yankee Stadium to partake in what has become the NHL’s modern marvel — the outdoor hockey game.
The Islanders have many problems, but they’ve shown over the last month that when they are good, they are very good.
Ryan Strome should’ve been an Islander in October, but he’s here now and he’s making a difference. And he’s not the only reason the team’s been better of late.
What’s done is done. Kyle Okposo isn’t going to Sochi and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. That being said, it’s a blessing in disguise as far as the Islanders are concerned.
We know who the real New York Islanders are, but can they play like ‘em? We’re going to find out.
We know the Islanders want to succeed, but they need to start winning games. That’s all that matters now. Moral victories don’t get you points in the standings. Actual victories do.