As the New York Islanders finish up a trip to Western Canada let’s look at the rest of the month’s schedule.
The Islanders are set to finish February with six out of eight games on the road. After Calgary, the Islanders head state side to play against Buffalo.
Following Buffalo, the Islanders return home for two contests against the Montreal Canadians and Boston Bruins. Then back on the road to finish the month with games against the Seattle Kraken, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks.
Good Time for the Islanders to Hit the Road
The Islanders have had a difficult and more importantly irregular season. The long road trip to start the season and the Covid cancellations have caused disruption to the season.
The opening of the new UBS Arena showed some excitement and a plethora of home games.
This is a veteran group that has been together for most of the last four seasons. It is still good to get on the road together for some bonding.
More importantly, it is good to get away from the frustration of the fanbase. It is difficult to field the constant questions and reminders of the hole that has been dug.
The biggest match-up of the month is actually at home against the Bruins. The Bruins currently hold the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The upcoming road games are incredibly winnable for this team. A second shot at beating the Kraken should be a welcome challenge. The Islanders have shown success this year against the Sabres and can build some momentum into the two home games.
Montreal has had a poor season and will give the Islanders a chance at two points.
The final stretch of February will be difficult as the Islanders will face three playoff-caliber teams in the West. The Kings are currently third in their division, while the Ducks hold the final Wild Card spot. The Sharks are just seven points from the Ducks with three games in hand.
The Kings play a similar style to the Islanders and should be a chance to steal a one-goal game on the road.
The Ducks and Sharks have had solid seasons thus far, but certainly have holes in their respective games. Both teams will be battling down the stretch for the Wild Card, just as the Islanders hope to be in the coming months.
March does not open up with an easy match in the Colorado Avalanche so the Islanders will need to finish February on a positive note.
March will also bring the anticipated trade deadline. The end of February may very well determine the plan for the deadline.