19 games is all that remains of the 2016-17 regular season. That's right, I said 'regular season'. The New York Islanders languished in, or close to, last place in the Eastern conference for almost the entire first half before a 24-12-7 (64% of possible points) run put them right back into playoff contention.
And while the Islanders have certainly been helping themselves, there is no shame in accepting a little more assistance on the side from your friends, as the out-of-town scoreboard has been kind to them recently, as well.
3-1-1 on their current franchise record nine-game road trip, they now head on their annual Western Canada trip to face the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks before closing out in St. Louis as they make their way back towards Brooklyn.