The New York Islanders have recharged, winning three straight games and gaining six points. More impressive is the Islanders have won games against good teams. Beating the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals is no easy task for a team that’s found wins hard to come by up to until this run.
So what does this mean for the New York Islanders? For now, the islanders just need to win games. Obviously. But with a tough schedule ahead with games against the Red Wings, Rangers and Blues that might be harder than it sounds.
With the team still at the bottom of the standings in the East. Every point is important now to get them further up. Proving that they are not dead yet the Islanders are showing they can win games despites all the recent troubles.
Now that the Islanders have got themselves at least just below a .500 level, fans and media can talk about how maybe we don’t to need to fire everyone.
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The three wins don’t erase all the problems that still plague the team. But some things are hopefully changing for the better.
The Isles are scoring with more than just the top line. Johnny Boychuk, Jason Chimera, and Andres Lee all got on the board recently. These guys are a big part of what could be a big turnaround. Anders Lee getting four goals in his last five is amazing.
Could the Islanders be on a launching pad for the playoffs?
Like they say on long Island you got to “beLIeve.” Jokes aside, the team is playing better on both sides of the puck. Has the goalie situation been great? No, however, Halak did just give the team their first shutout of the season Thursday night.
The team is starting to heat up, it’s possible some of the lines are coming together. If the Islanders can avoid getting hurt and figure out how to manage their goalies better they could have a good shot at a playoff run.
It’s a bit premature to say that this three game streak will bring the Isles towards the playoffs. But, that’s six points on the board we didn’t think would be there just a week ago!