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New York Islanders: Five Things To Watch Down the Stretch

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Mar 28, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) talks with defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Ducks defeated the Islanders 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders have five games remaining in their season. What are some things to look out for as we come down the home stretch in 2014-15?

We are now coming down the official home stretch here in the 2014-15 NHL season and the New York Islanders are locked in a tight battle for playoff positioning. The team currently sits in a dead even tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division and both have just five games remaining. The Washington Capitals, who also have five games remaining, are one point behind the Isles and Penguins and are currently playing much better hockey than both clubs.

As for the Islanders, they haven’t been playing their best hockey as of late. The team is just 3-6-1 in their last ten games and has truly struggled to find any consistency whatsoever offensively. Following a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, Jack Capuano switched up the lines, placing Ryan Strome with John Tavares and he saw some results, as the team scored five goals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Now after three whole days off, the Islanders will look to see if those lines can continue to produce tonight against a red hot Columbus Blue Jackets squad. The Jackets come in riding a seven game winning streak and although they are out of the playoff race, this will be a tough game for the Islanders.

So, with all that having been said and with their being just about nine days remaining in the NHL regular season, I give you my “Five Things To Watch Down the Home Stretch.”

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