New York Islanders Podcast Ep. 19: Surprises and Disappointments

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Joshua Ho-Sang
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Joshua Ho-Sang /

The New Year is almost here, so Matt and Mitch wanted to go over their three biggest surprises and disappointments for the New York Islanders in this 2017-18 NHL season.

With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the New York Islanders 2017-18 NHL season. To do so we went over our three biggest disappointments and three biggest (positive) surprises this season.

We know that generally at the New Year, you go over the entire calendar year. But we did a debrief at the end of the 2016-17 season. It’s not worth going over again. So we kept it just to 2017-18.

As you listen to the podcast, think of your top three in each category. It can be anything at all. Goals, plays, saves, hits, single or multi-game performances, trades. Anything at all. Hey, Belmont can even count as one (so long as you were generally surprised it happened).

So happy New Year to you and yours. Have a safe and happy New Year. And as always. Let’s go, Isles.

What Else Did We Talk About?

We didn’t just go over the New Year festivities. We went through a number of other New York Islanders related topics. Here’s a few:

  • Takeaways from the last the Islanders games. What have been the three positives and what have been the three negatives over the last few games? We also look at the next few games to close out December 2017.
  • We talk about the group of death in the NHL aka: The Metropolitan Division. We focus on how close these eight teams are in the standings and how the slightest slip up can spell disaster.
  • How is repping the New York Islanders at the IIHF World Junior Championship? And how will this international tournament test Matt and Mitch’s friendship as Team Canada take on Team USA?

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Lastly, Matt and Mitch play a little game of “I bet you”. Mitch feels that the Avalanche won’t have a top 5 pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Matt guarantees they will. Both dig in and take sides. What side do you take?