The New York Islanders 2018-2019 season has to be looked at in high regards for fans. The Isles entered the season with more question marks than the Riddler’s suit and ended with a playoff run.
We are just over a year into the New York Islanders‘ Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello era. Year one has to be looked at as a tremendous success. Many “experts” picked the Islanders to miss the playoffs and finish near the bottom of the standings.
Of course, The Islanders not only went on to make the playoffs but also have home ice in both of their playoff series. The Isles went on to sweep the Penguins before being swept by the Hurricanes.
Game Four against the Hurricanes was back on May 3. It’s been around five weeks since the Isles last played and a Stanley Cup Champion has yet to be crowned. Though that will happen with Wednesday night’s Game Seven.
As successful as this year was for the Islanders, it’s easy to wonder “what if”. We’ve sat for over a month watching the Bruins dismantle the Hurricanes on the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
On the Western Conference side, the Blues made the trek to the Cup Final. The Blues are trying to make an improbable worst to first move, as they were the worst team in the NHL as December turned to January.
The Stanley Cup is often called the toughest trophy to win in sports. It’s easy to see why as we’re about two months into the playoffs. The Isles moved on to the Conference Semifinals unfortunately, that’s where their journey ended.
Isles fans have to hope as the Trotz/Lamoriello era moves on, it involves quite a few two-month long playoff runs. They will look to build off the success of year one, and hopefully build to the Islander’s fifth Stanley Cup Championship.