The New York Islanders are at the beginning of a transitional season. They are under a new ownership and leadership regime.
Now before getting into this season, think back to 2013. The Islanders were about to go up against a powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguin team in the first round of the playoffs. The Isles got hot at the end of the season and were able to clinch a playoff berth.
The Isles were heavy underdogs and were not given a chance by many to win. Enter Matt Martin. In response to the lack of faith in that Isles team, Martin basically said why not us?
That series, of course, went six games. The Islanders were able to play like a gritty team and after a 5-0 loss in game one, were able to get back into the series. They had a lead late in game six but eventually fell, only a couple lucky bounces away from forcing a game seven.
Why Not Us 2018
Luckily, for the Isles, the NHL is a league that produces a surprise team almost every season. Look no further than last year, when an expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights teams made it to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Isles are off to a 2-1-0 start and appear to be getting better with each game. This is not my bold prediction saying the Islanders will make the playoffs.
Many are disrespecting the Islanders because they lost last season’s second-leading scorer. We all know the offense wasn’t the problem last season and the Isles had nowhere to go but up defensively.
Doubters are nothing new for the Islanders. If the Isles can rally around the “Why not us?” attitude, they may be able to surprise a few people this season.