The New York Islanders are surprisingly sitting atop the Metropolitan Division, ahead of the defending Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins in the hotly contested division.
Not only are they in a good perch, the Islanders (30-16-6, 66 points) have lost one game in regulation in their last nine outings (6-1-2).
So, you'd think they'd be feeling good about themselves these days. Guess again.
"The last couple of games, you see little stuff creeping into our game," defenseman Scott Mayfield told Newsday after his team dropped a 3-1 game to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, offering a warning sign.
If you want to see the glass as half-empty, New York heads into Thursday's clash at the New Jersey Devils with just one victory in its last four games (1-1-2).
Moreover, as Mayfield alluded to, the Islanders are a bit off their game, which came to a head in the Boston loss. They failed to regroup after a potential go-ahead goal was disallowed early in the third period by an offside call, and soon after fell behind for good. >> Read More
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