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New York Islanders 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

New York Islanders 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

On the positive, the New York Islanders returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2023. However, the Isles were outed as a team that was nowhere near ready for a serious championship run. Rookie head coach Lane Lambert did enough to earn credibility behind the bench. But general manager Lou Lamoriello is under increased scrutiny for not putting together a roster that can go deep into the postseason.

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The 2022-23 New York Islanders were 42-31-9 straight up and 35-43 over/under the total. Also, the Islanders were 4th in the Metropolitan Division playoff standings. In the Metropolitan Division race, New York was 20 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes. New York had NHL rankings of 22nd for goals scored and 30th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Islanders had NHL rankings of 5th for goals against and 9th for penalty killing.

First among New York scorers was Brock Nelson with 36 goals, 39 assists, 75 points, and a +13. Goaltender Ilya Sorokin had a .924 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average. His record was 31-22-7 with six shutouts.

Head coach Lane Lambert is entering his second season with the Islanders after a modestly successful rookie campaign that led New York back to the postseason (ultimately a first-round loss). He was GM Lou Lamoriello's choice to take over New York's bench from Barry Trotz, and while that move was met with skepticism at the time, it appears Lamoriello is happy enough with Lambert's job to keep him off the hot seat -- at least to start the season. Lamoriello is one of the league's most notoriously unpredictable executives. Still, given Lambert is his guy and the Islanders responded well enough to him in 2022-23, Lambert deserves another chance to grow -- and help New York evolve -- for at least one more season.

Lamoriello took a page from Drake's playbook with a "no new friends" approach to free agency. As in, the Islanders gave (surprisingly) long-term extensions to three of their own pending unrestricted free agents in Pierre Engvall (seven years), Scott Mayfield (seven years), and Semyon Varlamov (four years). And then there was the eight-year extension for starting netminder Ilya Sorokin.

That used up all of New York's cap space, proving Lamoriello truly believes the Islanders already had a proper mix of players requiring no outside additions. Such is his right. How does that play out for New York in the future? That narrative will unspool on the ice. But after Lamoriello targeted Bo Horvat and inked him to a long-term deal last winter, it wasn't all that shocking New York took care of its own this summer. Change for change's sake can often go wrong; at least the Islanders know who and what they've invested in.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)

2022–23 82 42 31 4th, Metropolitan Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Hurricanes)
2021–22 82 37 35 5th, Metropolitan Did not qualify
2020–21 56 32 17 4th, East Lost in Stanley Cup Semifinals, 3–4 (Lightning)
2019–20 68 35 23 5th, Metropolitan Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Lightning)
2018–19 82 48 27 2nd, Metropolitan Lost in Second Round, 0–4 (Hurricanes)
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New York Islanders History

Founded in 1972 as an expansion team, the New York Islanders formed one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history with four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83. In those days of glory, Hall of Fame head coach Al Arbour led superstars such as Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, and Billy Smith.

That Islander dynasty was one of the last in NHL history. It was a powerhouse team that was complete in every way. The Islanders could either outscore their opponents or shut them down. The team did not have a weakness.

The late great Al Arbour went down as one of the greatest head coaches in hockey history. He won all four of the Isles’ Stanley Cup titles with the dream roster assembled by general manager Bill Torrey, who is also in the Hall of Fame. Torrey, known for his bow tie and academic demeanor, amassed a level of talent compared to the team that unseated them for the final NHL dynasty; the Edmonton Oilers.

After the dynasty ended, the Islanders played one of the greatest games in NHL History. The 1987 Easter Epic went into four overtimes. The Islanders clinched the game and series over the Washington Capitals thanks to goaltender Kelly Hrudey stopping 73 out of 75 shots.

Since the 1994-95 season, the Islanders have been out more than in. New York made the playoffs only ten times in that span, with just one appearance in the Conference Final (2020).

Retired Islander numbers include defenseman Denis Potvin #5, left wing Clark Gillies #9, center Bryan Trottier #19, right wing Mike Bossy #22, right wing Bob Nystrom #23, left wing John Tonelli #27, goalie Billy Smith #31, and center Butch Goring #91.

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