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New York Islanders 2017-18 NHL Season Month By Month

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO – APRIL 14: (L-R) Ron Hextal, Peter Mahovlich, Craig Billington, Dave Andreychuk and Ken Morrow take part in the NHL Draft Lottery with host James Duthie at TSN Studios April 14, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
TORONTO – APRIL 14: (L-R) Ron Hextal, Peter Mahovlich, Craig Billington, Dave Andreychuk and Ken Morrow take part in the NHL Draft Lottery with host James Duthie at TSN Studios April 14, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images) /

March – The Tank Is On

Record: 3-9-3 (32-37-10 8th in Metro)

February was a terrible month and March wasn’t going to get any better.  Through 15 games the Islanders won three. Just three games. The tank was full well on.

Except it was already well too late for the Islanders. March is way too late to decide the fate of your season. Teams like Arizona, Buffalo, and Vancouver have been out there tanking since the start of the season.

It just wasn’t ever going to happen. Not in March. Maybe January. Heck Maybe even at the trade deadline. But certainly not in March. The Islanders already had too many points in the bank to move down in the draft lottery.

Which begs the question. What was the plan exactly going into the 2017-18 season?

Making the playoffs had to be the goal, but by February they were well out of it. Sure, mathematically they were still in it. But the odds on them making it were thin for a reason.

And what did management do? They added Davidson and Wagner and made not a single change from there. Why not send down Tanner Fritz and bring up Josh Ho-Sang? Because of turnovers? Please.

The tank was on for the Islanders in March. Too bad a tank wouldn’t have helped their draft standing anyways.

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