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Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have brought respect back to the New York Islanders. Lamoriello has brought over the same philosophy that succeeded in New Jersey, leading to the Devils winning three Stanley Cups in eight years, while Trotz has brought the hard-nosed mentality that led to Washington finally winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. That led to the Islanders securing just their second playoff series victory in the last 25 years last season, and the Isles are out to build on that success even though Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner left for Chicago in the offseason.
New York Islanders at a Glance
Stanley Cup Odds: +4500
Eastern Conference Odds: +2500
As we saw in Nashville, Trotz has implemented a defense-oriented scheme in Long Island. That led to the Islanders giving up the fewest goals in the NHL last season, allowing under 200 goals in 82 games.
New York vanquished one of its postseason demons too. The Islanders have never had much success against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they swept the Pens in four games last year before being subsequently swept by Carolina. Jordan Eberle tallied four goals and five assists in eight games, and Lehner registered a .936 save percentage.
New York Islanders NHL Playoffs
If the NHL had simply ended the season and sent the best 16 teams to the playoffs like in a regular year, the Islanders would have just barely snuck into the postseason as the No. 7 seed. Because of the play-in format though, the Isles will take on the Florida Panthers for the right to make it to the proper postseason. Their five-game series will run from August 1 to August 9, and it appears that they will play all their games in the early afternoon.
Barry Trotz continues to rely on his defense to win games, and that helped the Isles make the playoffs despite being in a division with extremely talented forwards. The Islanders manufactured just enough offense to make it to the second season, as the only team in the conference to find the back of the net less often and make the playoffs was Columbus.
Mathew Barzal led the team with 60 points in 68 games, while Brock Nelson was tops on the team with 26 goals. Anders Lee was the only other 20-goal scorer in the lineup for this team.
The Islanders must do a better job of finding success on the power play if they are going to make a real run. Their 29 power play goals are the fewest of any playoff team, and they are the second-fewest overall in the league next to Anaheim. No player on the team has lit the lamp more than four times on the man advantage.
Semyon Varlamov has been reliable in net for New York with a .914 save percentage, and Thomas Greiss has been nearly at his level with a .913.
Last Five Seasons
||Lost Conference Semifinals
||Did Not Qualify
||Did Not Qualify
||Lost Second Round
||Lost First Round
New York Islanders History
The Islanders were founded as an expansion team in 1972 along with the Atlanta Flames. Their dynasty of the early 1980’s rates as one of the greatest of all time as there was much more parity than in the “Original Six” dynasties before the Great Expansion of 1967. Huge stars like Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Dennis Potvin, and Billy Smith made the Islanders of those days compelling as the Isles clamed four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1980 to 1983. The Islanders made the postseason for 14 straight years, and they could have claimed more championships if not for the dynasties of Montreal and Edmonton.
This franchise has fallen on tough times since the early 1990s. The Islanders have not won a division title since the 1987-88 season, and they have just three second place finishes during that stretch. They didn’t win a playoff series from 1994 to 2016, but the hope is that Barry Trotz can turn them around. He had a very successful first season on Long Island.
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