The good news is that the Islanders are right on the threshold of becoming an NHL powerhouse – at least on the ice.
The Isles bowed out in the first round of last season’s playoffs following a 101-point season in which they limped to the finish line. Their solution so far this offseason has been to do basically nothing.
Let’s take a look at this week’s best and worst stories in the N.Y.-N.J. sports landscape.
We’re near the halfway point of the Stanley Cup Final, which means the offseason is right around the corner. For the New York Islanders, it will be a time to recalibrate and plug up some holes.
The Islanders captain was named a finalist for the MVP award along with Washington forward Alex Ovechkin and Montreal goalie Carey Price.
The Islanders made a statement on Thursday night. In fact, they made such a big statement, that most of their fourth line spent a good part of the game serving penalty time.
Islanders captain John Tavares issued a warning to the Washington Capitals after watching veteran teammate Lubomir Visnovsky crumple to the ice following a big check.
Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Tavares enters his second career playoff series after finishing fourth to Ovechkin with 38 goals and second in the league — two spots ahead of Ovechkin — with 86 points.
The Isles, facing a chance to get back to the postseason for the second time in three years, had been flirting with an epic collapse. But the slate is now wiped clean.
Despite all the Islanders have accomplished this season, they are not ready. They are not in sync, nor are they consistent or building any sort of momentum heading into the postseason.
With only three games left in the regular season the Islanders are still trying to put a little “X” next to their names in the standings.
It’s very important to remain cognizant of the fact that the Isles are still a young team. I recognize that people get tired of hearing that, but it’s true nonetheless.
In the span of a week, one of the NHL’s top scoring offenses has gone in the tank. The hope of a division title has been replaced by a mad scramble to avoid having to go on the road to start the playoffs.
In a season already filled with plenty of good fortune, Rick Nash and the Rangers found a little bit of luck in their last regular-season visit to Nassau Coliseum.