The Ottawa Senators are only six points out of a playoff spot. It’s not impossible for them to make the post-season. Again, the Islanders were in a similar position just two years ago and almost made it to the playoffs.
One big difference is that the 2016-17 New York Islanders didn’t have 104 goals against a quarter way through the season. Even in their defensively inept season of 2017-18, the Islanders allowed just 296 goals against through 82 games. The Sens are on pace for 355 goals against.
Again, the Ottawa Senators aren’t out of the playoffs but it’s hard to see them mounting a comeback. A second sell-off seems inevitable. And with seven unrestricted free agents coming up this July, a sell-off might be necessary.
Mark Stone (RW)
The right side of the ice is one of the weakest for the New York Islanders. Mark Stone represents a perfect option for a Lou Lamoriello/Barry Trotz team. Stone does everything right and is absolutely fantastic in the neutral zone.
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He clearly hates the Rangers. Remember that four-goal night in the playoffs against the blue shirts? Pageau is also incredibly productive on the PK with ten shorthanded goals in his career. The Isles should look no further that Pageau to fill a 3C position.