New York Islanders Fall Again in Metro Power Rankings
The Metropolitan Division features both the Stanley Cup Playoffs champions and the Presidents Trophy winner from 2015-16. And the New York Islanders find themselves floundering near the bottom.
The New York Islanders have won a game against the Vancouver Canucks. Cue the celebration, get the ticket tape, the Stanley Cup has been won, and the Islanders are the champs.
Wait. A single victory against a team that’s lost eight in a row doesn’t mean the narrative has turned? Oh. My bad.
Forgetting that minor victory against the Canucks the Isles look terrible. They shouldn’t be this bad, but they certainly are. With that win though the Isles have done one thing, it delayed the doomsday clock by at least another game.
The rest of the Metro though is starting to pass the Islanders by. With Pittsburgh and the Rangers building a nice eight point cushion already. The Blue Jackets are on par with Isles and the Jackets hold three games in hand.
The Capitals and the Devils, both ahead by a five and three-point margin respectively both hold a game in hand too. That’s four teams well ahead of the Islanders with a healthy cushion.
The potential for playoff hockey looks bleak so far this season. If the ship doesn’t turn now for the Isles, we, the fans, might be in for a long season.