With a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, the New York Islanders restore their five-point cushion at the top of the Metropolitan Division. What can we take away from this game?
The only team the New York Islanders had yet to play this season was the Edmonton Oilers. With three-game losing streak coming into the game, the Oilers weren’t playing well in the slightest.
But the Oilers still have Connor McDavid (aka: the best player in the league) and a ninth-ranked power play. The Oilers may not be playing well, but they’re still quite dangerous.
For the Islanders, they were going into the game with a 6-2-2 record over their last ten games with a comfortable 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets a few nights before. Of late the Islanders have just been rolling at what seems a comfortable pace.
In good form, and facing a team that is far from where it should be, the New York Islanders had the chance to further the gap at the top of the Metropolitan Division with a win.
That’s exactly what they did. With goals from five different players (three from struggling top-six forwards), the New York Islanders powered their way to a 5-2 win over the Oilers.
With the win, the New York Islanders now have 35 wins on the season and sit five points clear at the top of the Metropolitan Division. Interestingly, with the win, the Islanders have now matched their win total for last season. It’s only February 17th.
Looking back on the win, what are three talking points that New York Islanders fans can take from the win?