Something happened last night that New York Islanders fans have not seen in a long time. With their 5-4 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins the Isles secured their seventh win of the month of November, and with that, secured, at least, a .500 record for the month. More importantly, it also drew them withing two points of the Pens for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The last time the Isles were .500 in November? 2009 when the team posted a 6-6-2 record. The last time they had won as many as 7 games in November? 2008, with the team notching a 8 wins in 15 games. This years Isles are 7-2-0 so far this month, with 5 games remaining on their November schedule. A far cry from the ineptitude that has plagued them in this month. All five of those match-ups are against division opponents, so the Islanders will need to continue their winning ways in order to keep some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in the Metro.
The Isles have officially avoided the annual November swoon, but this roster has the team, and the fans, aiming higher than it has the late 80’s, early 90’s. Although they can not have a losing month , a skid to end November could prove costly in the long run. A strong finish to an already incredibly strong month will be key for the Isles as they battle for playoff seeding all year long in the Metro.