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New York Islanders 3 Things to be Excited for in 2018-19

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 2:20 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 2:20 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: New York Islanders fans celebrate a goal by Anders Lee

There are three weeks until the New York Islanders open training camp. What should we be excited about as the Islanders embark on their 46th season in the NHL?

The 2018-19 NHL season is almost here. There’s a ton to be worried about as the New York Islanders are set to open the 2018-19 season in just a few weeks time.

Will goaltending be an issue again? Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss both had terrible years in 2017-18. In 28 games played for the Isles, Greiss allowed almost four goals against per game on average (3.82GAA). Through 50 starts Lehner held a 3.02GAA and .905SV%. The Sabres didn’t qualify him and let him become a UFA.

Will the defense be improved over what we saw in 2017-18? The New York Islanders defense is almost exactly the same as last season. The loss of Calvin de Haan is the most significant, but even then, he only played 33 games last season. In terms of on-ice personnel, the Islanders blueline didn’t get any better.

And how will the departure of John Tavares affect the Islanders eighth-ranked offense? Josh Bailey held back-to-back career years playing alongside Tavares, can he stay as productive? Losing Tavares’ point-per-game scoring will have a huge effect on the team.

See! There’s plenty to be worried about going into the 2018-19 season. But rather than dwell on the possible negative aspect of the Islanders upcoming season, think about what you’re excited to see. The positives for the 2018-19 season.

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