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”

2019-2020 Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will take to 2019-2020 fresh and full of confidence from their impressive 2018-2019 run, which saw them douse the Calgary Flames in five games in the first round of the playoffs. Sure, the Avalanche ran into the San Jose Sharks in the second round and lost in seven. But it was aContinue reading “2019-2020 Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche”

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”

What Went Wrong: Colorado Avalanche

It’s hard to argue the Colorado Avalanche were overly formidable in the regular season, landing with a 38-30-14 record good for fifth in the Central Division and squeaking into the last playoff spot three points behind the Dallas Stars. But in the post-season, the Avalanche came alive and pulled off some surprises. First they dispatchedContinue reading “What Went Wrong: Colorado Avalanche”

Playoff Preview: Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames enter the playoffs first in the Pacific Division, gaining 107 points in the regular season, and they’ll tangle with the Colorado Avalanche in what could be a wide-open first round. The Avalanche pulled into the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, with 90 points. The Flames hold the edge inContinue reading “Playoff Preview: Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames”