Islanders: Metropolitan Division Standings Update
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders are currently the first Wild Card but they are in prime position to move up the standings to one of the top Metropolitan Division spots.
After a day to think about a frustrating loss to the New York Rangers, the Islanders are back in action on the road in St Louis. As things currently stand, the Blues are the best team in the Western Conference.
It’s not going to be an easy matchup but the Isles are in a pretty good position to make a push in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Right now, they are the top wild card just two points behind Philadelphia for the third spot in the Division. Pittsburgh, who has slowed down of late (4-5-1 in their last 10) is just three points ahead of the Islanders in second.
A win tonight could tie the Isles with the Flyers, who are off tonight. With exactly 20 games left the Islanders have some time to make up some ground in the division but it’s not going to be an easy run.
Of the remaining 20 games, 10 of them are against teams in playoff position as of today. If the Islanders are able to go something like 11-7-2 that would have them finish with 101 points which should be enough to get them into one of the top three spots in the Metro.
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