The New York Islanders are currently in a playoff spot, but it hasn’t been all fun and games for the blue and orange in 2017-2018.
After missing the playoffs in 2016-2017, but finishing strong, expectations were back for the New York Islanders before the season. Sure, this team had it’s question marks but the overall consensus was the Islanders should be a playoff team this year.
Through 36 games this year, the Islanders went into the holiday break with a 19-13-4 record, good enough for the second Wild Card spot. If the season ended today the Isles would be going up against Tampa Bay in the first round.
After missing the playoffs by one measly point last year just returning would be a step in the right direction, but still not nearly a big enough step.
Garth Snow has built a team for the past 12 years and they’ve had very little success come playoff time. The Islanders need to go on a real run this year, and they have the stripped down shell of a contender, they’re just missing some things.
Realistically, the Islanders aren’t too far off from being a legit threat in the Eastern Conference. They certainly score enough, the issue is they let in far too many goals.
Here are three things that have stuck out as disappointments so far in 2017-2018: