I am absolutely begging the national media to please keep doubting the New York Islanders. For the better part of three years, the legitimacy of the Isles has been brought into question, and time and time again they prove people wrong.
For the second year in a row, the Islanders are one of four teams remaining, yet once again they’re getting disrespected. This time it’s from Money Puck who has the Stanley Cup odds for the remaining four teams.
New York has the worst odds with just a 12% chance of winning the Stanley Cup according to their model.
This is the same model that gave the Islanders just a 33% chance of beating the Penguins. Yet here we are, once again, tied after four games with a team that is supposed to be significantly better than the Islanders on paper.
I don’t think anyone would argue that Tampa or Vegas doesn’t have more talent than the Islanders, that’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is maybe it’s time to update the model?
If it is continually underestimating a team and underselling them, wouldn’t it be beneficial to make adjustments? If you care about these things, the Isles have just a 38% of winning tonight’s game in Tampa according to their model.
Why bother getting on the plane at that point? Cancel the watch party at the Coliseum! Money Puck has the Lightning with a 62% chance of winning and a nearly 68% of winning the series, let’s just go home.
As Islanders fans are well versed with at this point, thankfully these games aren’t played on paper. Not everything is quantifiable, which is why the Isles continually exceed people’s expectations.
Game 5, tonight, in Tampa. Get ready with this hype video the Islanders put out and please, National Media, keep doubting this team. It’s been an absolute pleasure having them prove people wrong.