The Islanders lost to the Predators on Monday night and with 82 points, trail the Bruins by two points for the second and final Wild Cadrd spot in the Eastern Conference.
New York also trails the Lightning, who have 83 points. The Isles, Bruins, and Lightning all have seven games remaining.
While they've struggled, going 4-5-1 over their last 10 games, the Islanders aren't using fatigue as an excuse.
Nick Leddy offered a stern "no, I don't think so" when asked if the team is exhausted. Captain John Tavares said you "can't let that seep into your mind or mentally you will be more tired than you are physically." And Josh Bailey said "every team is banged up and worn down, it's no different all across the league."
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The Islanders would never admit to a man that fatigue is a factor, and while it does not create an excuse, they look like a team that has just about had it -- mentally and physically. The blame for that is difficult to assign, but the reality is it will take a run of epic proportions at this point for New York to make the playoffs.
They have now lost five straight home games (0-4-1) and when it comes down to it, that and a failing power play (2 for its last 21) will define the season -- one that now has about a 15 percent chance of ending with some sort of playoff run.
With Tampa's overtime win against Chicago Monday night, they vaulted the Islanders into 9th place, but with Boston still the team to catch, even if the Bruins were to snag 50 percent of the remaining possible points, the Islanders would need to capture 10 of their 14 (71.5 percent) to pass them.