Through their first seven games against divisional rivals, the New York Islanders are 7-0-0. It’s an unprecedented level of dominance for the Islanders over their division.
The New York Islanders have dominated the Metropolitan Division recently. Not in the standings, they sit fourth before facing the New York Rangers on Wednesday, but head-to-head. The Islanders are 7-0-0 versus Metro opposition early in 2018-19.
Looking over the Islanders last four seasons haven’t been this successful in their opening matches versus the Metropolitan Division.
They closest return was in 2014-15 when they went 6-1-0 in their opening seven games against Metro teams.
Does this dominance mean anything? Not really. Outside of putting points on the board and taking them from their opposition, it does nothing to guarantee their participation in the post-season.
It’s just nice that the Islanders are able to beat the teams in their own division. When it comes to the post-season divisional play matters.
What Else Do We Talk About?
Michael Dal Colle was called up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers! Only to be scratched in his first game up and then given fourth line minutes with Stephen Gionta and Cal Clutterbuck. What’s going on here? Why is a point-per-game player in the AHL playing less than ten minutes a night, when he can get in, with bottom tier linemates?
Anthony Beauvillier is back. He’s scoring goals in buckets with four over his last two games. It obviously can’t continue at that exact rate, but you have to think that Beau is back and can be that top six player the New York Islanders need him to be.
We take a trip down to the Islanders farm. We go from Europe, to the NCAA, to the CHL, and finally, the AHL to tell you all about the prospects in the New York Islanders system.
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