As you can see from the graphic above, with 15 games to go the Islanders are within reach of the eighth playoff spot right behind their two area rivals. It's not glamorous and whomever gets it might just get blown out by the Penguins, but it's the battle for the eighth playoff spot in the East.
If the Rangers keep up this same pace, they'll set the playoff bar at 53 points. To match that, the Islanders will need 20 points in 15 games, which comes out to something like a 9-4-2 record. That's not crazy, but they'll have to play awfully well down the stretch. There's not much margin for error or room for another three-game pointless streak. It really speaks to how bad the Eastern Conference race has been that last week's home nightmare didn't extinguish the Islanders' playoff hopes. When Toronto has gotten its act together and separated itself from the pack, you know something's up.