2019-20: 10 Games
The Islanders weren’t supposed to be very good in 2019-20. Sure, they put up 103 points in the previous year, but they didn’t strengthen their team going into 2019-20. If anything they got weaker on paper when Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner was allowed to leave in free agency.
With effectively the same team minus a 0.930SV% goalie, there wasn’t any conceivable way the Islanders could be as good as they were in 2018-19 again.
From October 12 through to November 5, the Islanders won ten games in a row.
Through that ten game streak the Islanders defensive game was on point. On only a single occasion did they allow their opponents to score more than two goals. Their average goals against per game during the streak was 1.7.
More impressive was the Islanders offensive game. We knew the Islanders were strong defensively. They won the Jennings Trophy for the least amount of goals scored in 2018-19. But that year the Islanders also finished 22nd in goals for. Their offense wasn’t what you would call “great”.
But through the ten game win streak the Islanders scored three or more goals nine times. They scored five goals on two occasions and four goals on three occasions. Their goal differential in the streak was +18. Lou Lamoriello must have been pleased.
The win streak proved one thing. It was no longer possible to sleep on the Islanders. After a 103 point season the previous year and then this incredible run its clear that the Islanders we in fact good.