The New York Islanders hit the road for four games out West from Thursday to next Wednesday. This road trip can make or break the Islanders season.
Last night the Islanders hung on to beat the Flyers 5-3.Related Story:Islanders vs. Flyers: Big win in four-point game over Metro rivals
Currently, the Islanders sit in third place in the Metro division with 55 games played and the schedule does not get any easier. There next four games span over a week and are all on the road against Western Conference opponents.
Going out west is never easy, the style of play mixed with the changes in altitude can be tough for road teams to adapt. Then you mix in the fact that all four opponents are in a playoff race (Arizona, Colorado, Vegas are in playoff spots, meanwhile Nashville is five points from the wildcard spot) This road trip just got a whole lot tougher.
The Islanders control their own destiny: they keep winning and a playoff spot is all theirs, but if they start dropping games they can wish their playoff hopes goodbye.
This road trip will set the tone for the rest of the season. So let's look the road trip ahead of us: