If you want to be the kind of team that Thomas Vanek will want to continue playing for, then you need to plug up the holes. That means trading for a top-four shutdown defenseman.
All season I’ve stated the Islanders needed 54 points to make the playoffs. They have used a 7-0-3 run to get there. But where they are now can be attributed to many more factors, all of which had to happen.
Rookie Thomas Hickey couldn’t have scripted his first NHL goal any better. The 23-year-old defenseman scored 3:12 into overtime to complete the Islanders’ 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
After just two games, if you think you know what the New York Islanders are, think again. As bad as Saturday night made you feel, this team looked a lot better Monday.