The New York Rangers have been miserable, but at least they have hope of turning it around and saving their season. The New York Islanders are a different story.
The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.
Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four NHL seasons. He had 28 goals — third most in the league.
The 22-year-old is a well-known “nice guy” off the ice, but he’s probably the last player any goalie wants to see hanging around the crease.
He is the MVP favorite going into the season because no player means more to his team than Tavares. This team would be a bottom-dweller without him.
The slanders have traded captain Mark Streit — and his negotiating rights — to the Flyers in exchange for forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round draft pick in 2014.
For the Isles, it’s all about the next move — and I don’t mean the one to Brooklyn, though that will help, too.
Mark Streit’s days on Long Island are basically over, but it’s by no means a death sentence for the Islanders. They just need to play their many cards in the right hand.
Islanders captain Mark Streit will be available to the highest bidder this offseason, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
The Islanders are two wins away from turning the NHL on its ear. Their fans don’t care about what’s to come. They are just living in the moment — and who can blame them?
Coach Dan Bylsma says Vokoun will be in net for Game 5 on Thursday night when the Penguins resume their first-round playoff series with the Islanders.
Leads aren’t safe in the wild first-round playoff matchup between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh. Suddenly, neither are the top-seeded Penguins.
So how do the Islanders pull this miracle off? They can start by watching “Miracle,” of course.
Michael Grabner scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders moved closer to a playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Josh Bailey scored twice and the New York Islanders added another big win in their surge toward the playoffs by beating the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night.