2019-2020 Season Preview: New York Islanders

Last season, the New York Islanders shocked the world by advancing to the second round of the playoffs after sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins. For the club, it was the first year in the post-Tavares era and finding team identity was Job One. But after fortifying home ice advantage in the playoffs for the first timeContinue reading “2019-2020 Season Preview: New York Islanders”

What Went Wrong: New York Islanders

The New York Islanders entered life without John Tavares and made themselves into a better hockey team, finishing the 2018-2019 season with a 48-27-7 record. That marked a vast improvement on their 35-37-10 record a year prior. The Islanders finished 2018-2019 with 103 points, good for fourth in the Eastern Conference and second to theContinue reading “What Went Wrong: New York Islanders”

Playoff Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes will do battle for the first time ever in the playoffs and it is as improbable a matchup as you can imagine. The Islanders are in the second round for the first time since 2016, when they twisted with the Tampa Bay Lightning and lost in fiveContinue reading “Playoff Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes”

Islanders: Defence First as New York Sweeps Pittsburgh

The New York Islanders have swept the Pittsburgh Penguins from the first round of the playoffs thanks to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night, signalling their intent as a playoff powerhouse. It may not have seemed that way at first and, indeed, the Islanders’ victory may have been stunning to those not in the know. ButContinue reading “Islanders: Defence First as New York Sweeps Pittsburgh”

Islanders: New York Up 3-0 on Penguins, Setting Up Series Sweep

Thanks to a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders are one victory away from sweeping their first playoff series since 1983. One could argue the Islanders have had the Penguins, an underperforming bunch this season, on the ropes the entire time. And on Sunday, it looked like that for certain.Continue reading “Islanders: New York Up 3-0 on Penguins, Setting Up Series Sweep”