The New York Islanders entered March in a playoff position in the MassMutual East division. The first half of March would give them ample time to build their playoff resume.
From March 2-14 the Islanders have eight games scheduled. Seven out of those eight games are against either the last-place Buffalo Sabres or second to last-place New Jersey Devils. Entering Saturday’s matinee against the Sabres, the Isles have started the month 2-0.
We’ll see the Isles and Sabres take part in two matinees over the weekend, 1:00 Saturday and 12:00 Sunday. After the weekend the Isles will host the Bruins before seeing the Devils for three straight games.
The New York Islanders will end March against playoff teams.
After next Sunday’s game in Newark, the Islanders’ next 12 games will take place against teams fighting for a playoff position. They’ll end March seeing the Capitals, Flyers, Bruins, and Penguins. Of course, currently, the Isles are tied for first place with the Caps.
Right now it’s a good time to be a New York Islanders fan. They’ve been playing well and were able to take advantage of a fairly weak February schedule. They finished the month 8-2-2 and have carried that momentum into March beginning 2-0-0.
This coming month will be telling as to how the Islanders may shake-up for a playoff run. The Isles enter Saturday at 13-6-4 but have struggled against the top of the East division. They’ve had 13 games against the Capitals, Flyers, Bruins, and Penguins so far and sit 5-4-4.
Surprisingly, that record is helped by early-season dominance against the Bruins. To date, the isles have won all three games against Boston. They still sit winless against both the Capitals and Flyers, albeit only in four games between the two.
The next month may shape just how excited we get for this year’s New York Islanders. If they are able to end March stringing wins together, they’ll build confidence for both the fanbase and the team itself.