The New York Islanders enter the All-Star break on a high note after beating the Vegas Golden Knights and taking five of six points on this past three-game road trip. But how does the post All-Star breakdown look?
The New York Islanders are in the midst of a ridiculous playoff race both in the Metropolitan division and the wild-card race in the Eastern Conference. Every point is precious. Let’s break it down.
Entering All-Star weekend the Islanders are tied for sixth place in the Metro with the New York Rangers at 55 points. If the season were to end today the Isles would miss the playoffs.
At the same time, the Islanders ate just two points away from being in second place in the division. In terms of the wild-card race, the Isles trail both the Devils and the Flyers by one measly point.
In a word this year’s playoff race the Islanders find themselves in is pure bonkers. The stress meter for the Islander fans will be running high on a nightly basis from here on out, as will scoreboard watching.
The Remaining Schedule
The Isles have thirty-two games remaining in the regular season. Eighteen of their final thirty-two will be on home ice. But what is a very important factor is how the Isles remaining road games play out.
The blue and orange have a pair of three-game road trips left. Their other eight road games are one and done trips. Also, the Isles only have one lengthy trip left (in terms of distance) that occurs in early March when they travel to Western Canada (Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary).
Thirteen of the Isles final thirty-two games are against Metro-division foes. They play everyone in the division twice more with the exception of the Flyers who they only tangle with one more time.
The final three weeks of the season, the Islanders have eleven games on the schedule with eight of them being at the Barclays Center. The final week the Isles face-off against the Devils, Flyers, and those hated blue shirts. That Isles-Rangers contest could be for all the marbles.
With everything, so ridiculous tight a trade by Garth Snow to even help out their bottom-six forwards could be huge. Everything is in front of the Isles and in their control. A winning streak could propel them in the standings. However, a losing streak would sink them. Let the games begin.