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New York Islanders Hopes and Dreams for 2016

Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) prepares for a face-off against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) prepares for a face-off against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) prepares for a face-off against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) prepares for a face-off against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2016-17 NHL season has begun! And the New York Islanders already have a loss. Rather than dwell on my overwhelming sense of doom I want to think about all of my hopes and dreams for the team this season.

A loss to open the season against the Rangers is probably one of the worst ways for the New York Islanders to begin the season. There are certainly worse outcomes, like losing John Tavares to a season-ending injury in an after-the-whistle incident.

See, losing to the Rangers isn’t the worst possible scenario, but it’s definitely up there.

The Isles looked flat out there against the Rangers. Something that’s going to exercise itself naturally from the team’s ethos. Or at least that’s the hope.

As fans, we often dwell on the negative. It’s not that we’re inherently negative people, it’s just the drama that comes from a negative event is more visceral than that of an upbeat sunshine-rainbows-lollipops type of story. That’s why the News always starts with the bad stuff first, it gets eyeballs to the screen.

But I want to focus on those sunshines-rainbows-lollipops. I want to share with you, my hopes and dreams for the New York Islanders in 2016-17. So crank up some Leslie Gore and picture yourself in the back of chief Wiggum’s squad car, it’s about to get “posi”.

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