The Islanders are in the midst of a make-or-break, nine-game road trip, and at least one rival executive thinks it's incredibly unfair to the franchise.
Newsday's Art Staple tweeted that he received a text from an Eastern Conference front office executive who said that the Islanders are getting a raw deal with their nine-game road trip that saw them play three of the last four nights stretched over a 92-hour span in Dallas, Chicago, and Calgary.
"Isles should be livid over this horse---- schedule," Staple said the text read.
The Islanders will return home to Barclays Center on March 13, two days after the ACC tournament wraps up.
Yes, this scheduling is abysmal, but we have known that was going to be the case since the schedule was released this past summer. And of course it leads you to wonder how Barclays Center really expected to make their relationship with the Islanders work when they're essentially forcing the only competitive team they have in their building - the only one that they knew would likely be in a playoff race - on the road for the better part of a month in the final stretch of the season. It just underlines what we already know; that a new building of their own would do good for the organization.
But let's be fair here. The Islanders had a golden opportunity to capitalize on a soft, home-centric schedule for the first half of the season. They didn't, and we knew when they blew that chance that running down a Wild Card spot would be difficult to do with all the heavy lifting that had to be done on the road. At this point, it's useless to use anything as an excuse. I'm glad that others around the league recognize how silly this current road trip is, but it doesn't do anyone any good to stew over it. All the team can do it play through it, and so far - having picked up seven of a possible 12 points - they've kept their head above water. If they can wrestle four or five points out of the final six up for grabs, they'll be just fine.