With less than 20 games to go in the NHL season, we take a look at where the New York Islanders rank in the Eastern Conference power rankings. It’s about as good as you’d imagine.
Remember at the start of the season when everyone thought the New York Islanders would be a bubble team? Turns out they were right. But at the same time, everyone was expecting the Metropolitan Division to be the powerhouse in the East.
With less than 20 games to go in the regular season, it’s tough to say what division is the best in the East.
Sure the Atlantic Division has the top three teams in the conference with Tampa, Boston and Toronto. But their bottom five is a veritable who’s who of disappointing and tanking teams.
The Metropolitan Division, with it’s back-to-back Stanley Cup winner and back-to-back President’s winner, looked like a lock for toughest Division in the East and the league. Not to mention that a number of lesser teams in the division got better in the offseason.
The Metro might not have any team at the top of the division, but all eight teams are close in the standings. The bottom four teams are split by three points. And as it stands now one of them is going to make the playoffs.
What division is the strongest is up for debate, but what shouldn’t be is how these teams rank when compared to each other. Here’s our NHL Eastern Conference power ranking.