The Metropolitan Division is a tough test for the New York Islanders. Especially when a team has three-peat aspirations in mind.
It’s no secret the Metropolitan Divison is one tough division to play in. It will not be an easy road back to the playoffs for the New York Islanders in 2017-2018. What makes matters even worse is the two-time defending champs are in the same division, and they’re the odds on favorite yet again.
Yesterday, Sidney Crosby essentially said that he believes the Penguins can three-peat this year. It’s not a ridiculous thing to say as they’re the clear favorite in the Division right now.
Here’s the exact Crosby quote:
"“We’re going to training camp with that in mind,” he said. “It’ll be a big challenge, but why not?”"
So what does this mean for the Islanders? Well, on the surface it’s quite simple, be a better team. Like Mitch said the other day they are going to have to score more goals, and also not blowing third period leads on a nightly basis would be pretty cool as well.
This is what’s expected. The team that has won the last two Stanley Cups is going to be favored to do it again a third time. Can the Isles play a similar role like they did in 1993? In order for the Isles to not only make the playoffs but to knock out the defending champs a lot would have to break right for them.
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They’d be asking a lot out of the younger guys like Mathew Barzal, Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauviller. Not to mention Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson, two veterans, would have to have better years than they did last year too.
I guess what I’m trying to say is they need more consistency, something they’ve lacked for a long time now. I’d bet against the Pens winning a third in a row, but their knockout coming thanks to the Isles? I’m not so sure.
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