After jumping out to their best start in franchise history, the New York Islanders have hit a bit of a snag.
In previous years, the New York Islanders found a seemingly infinite number of ways to lose hockey games. This season, they’re finally putting that creative genius to work and finding ways to win.
The Islanders will try for their first six-game winning streak in seven seasons when they take on the Capitals in Washington on Friday in the back end of a home-and-home set.
This is a completely different hockey team than we’ve seen in years past. The Isles have tons of offensive firepower, defensive depth and quality goaltending.
How’s this for a stat: the Isles have more wins than the Jets (2), Giants (3), Knicks (4) and Nets (5) combined.
If the Islanders’ offense is this prolific when it’s “struggling,” how dangerous will it be when it’s in tip-top shape?
Just as the wheels appeared to be falling off, the New York Islanders pulled over to the side, brought out their toolbox and, sure enough, got back on the road.
The Islanders have the potential to be a winning hockey team. Whether or not they become one is entirely in their control.
Every team has bad games, and the loss to Toronto was definitely one the Isles will want to forget. But at this rate, it’ll wind up being a small blip on the radar screen. That’s what happens when you win.
The Islanders suffered a bad break Thursday, though they did manage to get back in the win column against the Bruins.
Whether or not they’ll keep this up remains to be seen, but there’s certainly a lot to like about how they’ve played out of the gate.
For the first time in ages, the Islanders are built to contend. It’s now on fifth-year head coach Jack Capuano to get this team to the next level. Will he? We’re certainly going to find out.
If their offseason activity is any indication, the Islanders fully intend to leave Nassau Coliseum on a high note.
That buzz you hear around Nassau Coliseum is louder than it has been in a very long time.
There is nothing new about the New York Islanders heading into a new season trying to improve on the one before. Yet, this one has a different feel even though last season ended again without a trip to the playoffs.