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New York Islanders Five Reasons 2018-19 Season Will be a Success

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 26: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders (r) celebrates his game winning goal at 53 seconds of overtime against the New York Rangers as he is joined by Ryan Pulock #6 (l)at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The 2018-19 season is shaping up to be a woeful one for the New York Islanders. Everyone has them pegged as one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Here are five reasons they can surprise all of those nay-sayers.

Yesterday I detailed five ways the New York Islanders could fail in 2018-19. I was rightfully cited a negativity ticket on Twitter for my efforts. The post was clearly focusing on the negative aspects of the Islanders upcoming season and its much-derided roster. This will focus on the positive.

What are five reasons that the New York Islanders can be successful in 2018-19?

It’s important to first establish what a “successful” 2018-19 season might be for the Islanders. We know that anybody with a voice and a platform have tagged the New York Islanders as one of the worst if not the worst team in the Metropolitan Division.

(We have to thank the Ottawa Senators and their never-ending nightmare for evading the “worst in the East” tag.)
A success to the season would be finishing well above eighth in the Metropolitan Division. AS long as the Islanders are challenging for a playoff position this season will be deemed a success. If they can finish fifth or better in the division the 2018-19 will be deemed a success.

So how does a team like the New York Islanders, with two fourth lines and Luca Sbisa being one of the team’s top four defenders succeed this season? Here are five ways.

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