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.
Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest deals handed out by the local hockey teams over the last five years.
After jumping out to their best start in franchise history, the New York Islanders have hit a bit of a snag.
Boychuk, on the list retroactive to Nov. 27, has already missed three games because of a lower-body injury. Visnovsky’s move is retroactive to Nov. 28 due to an upper-body injury that has kept him out of two games.
The Islanders have the potential to be a winning hockey team. Whether or not they become one is entirely in their control.
The Islanders and Rangers — and their fans — have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry lost some luster over the last decade, but it now appears to be back and healthier than ever.
That buzz you hear around Nassau Coliseum is louder than it has been in a very long time.
The question of whether or not Kevin Poulin is a franchise goaltender will be answered in due time. What we do know is that he has an immense amount of potential.
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.
It’s hard to believe that, after all that’s transpired over the past six days, the New York Islanders (3-2-2) haven’t lost any ground in the Metropolitan Division standings.
It became obvious to me that both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson deserved to make the cut. However, the better player didn’t get the job, as far as I’m concerned.
John Tavares scored two first-period goals, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-4 preseason victory against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.
The New York Islanders are coming off an impressive year, one they’ll be looking to build on in 2013-14. However, there are still plenty of questions and concerns.