The laundry list of things to do for the Islanders this off-season is very lengthy. Keeping superstar forward John Tavares on hand is the first. Having Tavares committed for the long-term starts with a playoff appearance this season.
A move to a new arena soon, combined with a talented offense could be enough to power the Isles for the rest of the regular season, but things are not looking great now. For some reason, the Isles can never get the goaltending level required to make a playoff run.
Last year, Isles starting goalie Thomas Greiss was solid, but it’s gone downhill fast. Greiss cannot get his save percentage above .900. That’s making it difficult for the Isles to get anything going right now. In the last 10 games, the Isles only have two wins.
Moreover, no teams on this list have fewer games left on the slate than the Isles. It would take a complete turnaround of this team’s fortunes in the final month to get into a playoff spot and stay there for good.