The NY Islanders, after starting off the season ice cold, have now started to heat up and become one of the better teams to watch around the league in the early stages of 2022-23. They began the season 2-4-0, but since then have won five straight games, and none of those wins can be dismissed as they were all huge testaments to this team's character.
"We have a great group of guys. We're confident in each other whether it takes the first, second or third period we're going out there working hard for results."- Kyle Palmieri
After dropping three straight games to the New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, the Isles looked like they were going down the same spiral as last season when they had one of the worst starts to a season imaginable. A few players ended up getting healthy scratched during those games, such as Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey, which prevented Bailey from playing his 1,000th career NHL game at UBS Arena.
Facing early adversity and a daunting schedule, there was a sense of urgency filling the room, and the team responded by shutting out the New York Rangers and then following it up with an impressive 6-2 road win in Carolina versus the Hurricanes.
And if those wins didn't get the room believing, rallying down from 3-0 against the defending Stanley Cup Champions sure did. The Isles scored five unanswered goals to come back from a three-goal deficit and win in regulation for the first time since 10/23/1984 vs. Vancouver (6-5).
The schedule lightened up on this current midwest trip, and so far, the Islanders have done what was needed to win. Winning a chippy and choppy game in Chicago on Tuesday night and then scoring four times in the second period to handle a reeling St. Louis Blues team that has lost six straight.
Let's take a look at 3 key reasons for the five-game winning streak.