Years of finishing in the basement of the standings and developing prospects have finally paid off for the New York Islanders as they made the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season, last year.
One huge reason for the turnaround was John Tavares, who leads the Islander’s offense, scoring 47 points in 48 games last season.
The defense is also made up of youngsters and other team’s castaways. Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald create a top-notch shutdown pairing. Thomas Hickey and Brian Strait were waiver pick-ups that turned out to be capable of playing in the top-six, while Lubomir Visnovsky is the savvy veteran.
However, the Islanders will need to replace Mark Streit‘s offense, who did not want to re-sign with the team and ended up with the Philadelphia Flyers.
In net is where New York sees the most problems. Evgeni Nabokov is the starter, but had a tough time against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs.
The Islanders are resilient and hard-working, but if the Hurricanes can slow down the Islanders’ first two offensive lines, scoring will be hard for the team.
It’s also smart to just shoot against Nabokov, who sometimes gets off his game.
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