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Islanders Don’t Have Room For Error In Tight Division Race

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 19: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders is surrounded by teammates after the overtime shootout against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on December 19, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Islanders defeat the Bruins 3-2. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 19: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders is surrounded by teammates after the overtime shootout against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on December 19, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Islanders defeat the Bruins 3-2. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders currently reside in third place in the division. Here’s why they can’t get complacent with the standings.

Only seven points separate the New York Islanders from first place while six separates them from Columbus who is currently on the outside looking in on the playoff picture. The moral of the story? There’s not a lot of room for error.

For a majority of the season, even during their unbelievable 17 game point streak, the Islanders were in second place in the division. Now, Pittsburgh has taken over that spot and they just got Sidney Crosby back so don’t expect them to fall off any time soon.

Carolina, who we know is a bad matchup for the Islanders, and Philly are the two wild cards with 56 points apiece while the Isles sit in third with 60 points.

This division is going to be a dog fight the rest of the way. Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave the Isles much room for error making that point streak so much more valuable to them due to the lead they built up so early in the season.

Regardless, everyone reading this knows what has to happen in order to give the Islanders a better shot at staying where they are or moving up in the division. If you don’t, my clue is Lou Lamoriello has only done one of these since being named GM and it was for a fourth-liner.

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