The Islanders (24-18-10) have been on fire under new coach Doug Weight. Since he replaced the fired Jack Capuano, they have gone 7-1-2, including a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday that inched them to within one point of the Flyers and two of the Boston Bruins in the race for a wild-card spot.
"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first 2 1/2 months," Weight said after the win over Philly. "Now it's got to be playoff time for us every game."
The biggest difference the coaching change has brought is a more aggressive forecheck, said captain John Tavares.
"We spent a lot of time in the beginning of the year defending," Tavares said. "That takes a lot of energy out of you." >> Read more