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New York Islanders: Five Things They Need to Fix Next Season

Apr 14, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Teddy Purcell (26) scores a goal past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) as defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) looks on first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Teddy Purcell (26) scores a goal past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) as defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) looks on first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Islanders approach the 2016-17 season, with the hopes of improving on their 100 points and a second-round appearance in the playoffs last year. What do they need to work on in order to do so? Here are five areas for improvement:

The New York Islanders have high hopes for 2016-17. Namely, make the conference finals for the first time in what would be 24 years. But in order to get there, they need to go through a grueling 82 game regular season schedule.

Last season saw the Isles put up a second 100 point campaign in a row. Those 100 points were good enough to get them to the post-season through the first wildcard spot in the east.

It’s hard to say that 100 points isn’t a success, it got them to the playoffs. And afterall, isn’t that the entire point of the regular season? Win enough games to make it to the playoffs?

The Philadelphia Flyers made a late season push, thanks in large part to the anthropomorphized emojis that is Shane Gostisbehere. We could have missed the post-season.

So what are five things the New York Islanders need to address in 2016-17 in order to limit the potential of emojis spoiling the party?

“New coach!” “Get a new GM!” “Another top six forward!”

Sure. You’ve been heard already, and guess what? Neither of those are happening. At least not just yet. So assuming that all staffing, both on and off the ice remain the same, what are some of the things the Islanders can improve through the 2016-17 season?

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