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New York Islanders Bye Week Ultimately Unnecessary

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 10:44 of the second period against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 10:44 of the second period against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders are in the midst of their bye week. It’s one of the three breaks the Islanders will have in a little over a month span.

The New York Islanders last played Sunday against the Devils. It’s midway through the break and I do miss watching the Isles play. Even though lately the team has been infuriating midway through the second period, it’s still nice waking up and knowing its an Isles game day.

Last year’s bye week was pretty disastrous throughout the league. This year the NHL tried to change it up a little by making sure teams come out of a bye week playing against another team coming off a bye. The Isles will open back up at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers Saturday at 1:00.

The NHL schedule does offer a couple of breaks outside a bye week. The Islanders had a three-day holiday break from Christmas Eve through December 26. Later on this month they’ll also have four-day Allstar break (January 26-29).

Yes, for the Islanders this bye week does come at a good time. It will give players such as first-time all-star Josh Bailey, Andrew Ladd, and Johnny Boychuk some extra time to recover from injuries. The Isles were also slumping so I’m sure the mental break is nice.

Multiple Breaks in a Month

However, the bye week is not necessary. As I mentioned before this will be their second of three breaks in the schedule. At times these breaks actually seem to condense the schedule. The Islanders went into the break playing four games in six days and following the break will also play four games in six days.

Sure, this opinion can be attributed to the selfishness of a fan. I understand the schedule can be grueling but are three breaks truly necessary?

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The Isles were struggling before the break. Coming out of the break will be a big opportunity as they play the Rangers, Canadiens, and Devils. It would certainly behoove the Islanders to come out of the bye-week rolling.

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