2020 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders

You don’t have to go far to find the storyline in the playoff series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. Barry Trotz is in all the headlines, as you might expect. The current coach of the Islanders was the coach of the Capitals when they won the Stanley Cup two years ago. TrotzContinue reading “2020 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders”

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”

Playoff Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

The New York Islanders are back in the post-season for the first time in three years and they’ve got home ice advantage for the first time since 1988, plus they’re going up against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. If the Islanders have the inside track on anything, it’s through head coach Barry Trotz.Continue reading “Playoff Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins”