Mar 21, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) congratulates New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) on his empty net goal during the third period at Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The EOI NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings are out! The Isles had a quiet week as teams continue to jostle for playoff positioning. Where’s your team at?
Another week in the books, another week closer to the NHL Playoffs which kick off on April 15th. Teams are really beginning to kick things into playoff mode now and we saw quite a few games this week that featured “playoff-like” atmospheres take place this week.
A few of those games featured teams like the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins as the Cats and Sens continue to close in on the suddenly struggling B’s for that final playoff spot. The Senators continue to impress led by Andrew Hammond, as the team went 3-0-0 this week. This week was huge for the teams playoff hopes because the Bruins struggled, going 0-2-2 and even dropping a game to the Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers went 2-1-0 this week.
Some teams like the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be hitting proverbial speed bumps in their playoff pushes whereas teams like the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning are going full speed ahead into April.
As for your New York Islanders, the schedule was a bit kinder to them this week as they only played in two games and went 1-1-0. Their week began on Tuesday with an embarrassing loss at United Center in Chicago by a score of 4-1. Michal Neuvirth tended goal in that game for New York, as Jaroslav Halak was unable to make the trip with the team.
However, Jaro and top defenseman Nick Leddy would join their teammates and thousands of Isles fans who “invaded the rock” on Saturday night as the Isles shutout the Devils by a 3-0 final. It was Halak’s fifth shutout of the season, this one of the 26 save variety. Goals in this one were scored by Ryan Strome, Kyle Okposo and Travis Hamonic.
This week on the docket for the Isles are four home games against the Wild, Kings, Ducks and Red Wings. These games will be crucial for the Islanders in deciding home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
And Now For The Rankings!
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