The New York Islanders head to Western Canada and Pittsburgh for a 4 game road trip. They must pick up points to stay in a playoff spot.
The New York Islanders are fighting for a playoff spot and with 15 games remaining every point matters.
The Islanders have definitely not been playing their best hockey as of late. They have dropped their past six games (0-3-3) and on the road they have dropped their last six (0-5-1).
Their last road win came in Washington on February 10th when the Islanders beat the Capitals 5-3.
With all that being said, this is the last time the Islanders are traveling to the west for a road trip and on the way back they face a crucial game in Pittsburgh. They must pick up points in these games to hold on to a playoff spot.
This road trip is only the second time this season the Islanders will be on the road for four straight games.
The only time so far this season the Islanders played 4 straight road games was from February 13-19. All the games were against western conference opponents.
The Islanders visited Nashville, Vegas, Arizona, and Colorado. These games did not go well for the blue and orange. They lost all four games in regulation and were outscored 11-2!
Their only other trip out west was in November. The Islanders played three games against all three California teams, which are now the three worst teams in the Western Conference, and the Islanders did not play their best hockey. The Islanders only picked up 1 out of the possible 6 points and were outscored 9-2.
The Islanders need to bring their A game this road trip. All four teams, as of today, are in playoff position.
There is no reason why the Islanders cannot change their road woes and win at least two or three games on this road trip. They played well Saturday and I believe that game was a good stepping stone for this huge road trip.
The Islanders cannot afford to have another road trip like their last two times out west. If they do, they will be outside of the playoffs looking in.
Lets look at the Islanders opponents for this road trip:
First up, the Vancouver Canucks!