The New York Islanders posted back-to-back 100-point seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, something the franchise hadn’t done since 1980-81 and 1981-82, the second and third seasons of the club’s run of four straight Stanley Cup titles. The Islanders also made the playoffs in successive seasons for the first time since a three-year run from 2001-02 to 2003-04. Then the Islanders went out and did something the team hadn’t accomplished since the spring of 1993 – they won a playoff series, beating the Florida Panthers and Jaromir Jagr.
In 1993, they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jaromir Jagr. With a young nucleus, the Islanders are clearly a team on the rise, both in the Metropolitan Division and in the NHL as a whole.
NY Islanders Betting Lines Today
Have a look below to see who the New York Islanders play next. Are they playing at home or on the road and are the betting lines favorable?
NY Islanders Scores & Schedule
The scores and schedule for the New York Islanders can be found right here and not since their glory days of the early 1980s has there been this much buzz about the Islanders.
NY Islanders Standings Right Now
The New York Islanders up-to-the moment standings can be found right here. Expect the Islanders to continue to trend upward in both the Metropolitan Division and NHL picture.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||75||55||26||15||177||136|
|5||New York Rangers||75||56||32||18||192||147|
|7||San Jose Sharks||73||57||27||18||156||135|
|13||Toronto Maple Leafs||63||55||21||18||172||162|
|14||St. Louis Blues||63||56||22||22||161||165|
|17||Los Angeles Kings||60||55||17||23||138||136|
|18||New York Islanders||60||55||21||20||162||165|
|21||New Jersey Devils||58||56||16||22||131||159|
|23||Tampa Bay Lightning||57||56||21||24||154||160|
|27||Detroit Red Wings||54||56||13||24||141||169|
How To Win At NY Islanders Betting
The New York Islanders go deep in highly-skilled forwards who are still ripening on the job and remain a long way from blossoming into their prime as NHL players.
The Islanders had four players net 20 goals last season and eight players reach double digits in illuminated red lights and only one among that group was over the age of 30. And talk about depth, their fourth line combined for 33 goals.
Behind that deep group of forwards is a steady group of puck-moving defenders, three of whom garnered more than 20 points in 2015-16. The Islanders’ goalies won’t contend for the Vezina Trophy but they are solid puckstoppers.
This is a young, talented team armed with both skill, size and grit and it is a group that is being patiently allowed to mature together and develop into a Stanley Cup contender.
Seven of the top nine scorers for the Islanders in 2015-16 were 25 or younger and from an analytics point of view, based on their evolution thus far, no team in the Eastern Conference displays a higher potential for growth than the Islanders.
There’s no doubt that the Islanders can score. They’ve topped 225 goals in three straight seasons, but at the same time they’ve reduced their goals against dramatically in each of the past three seasons – from 267 to 230 to 216. That was sixth-lowest in the Eastern Conference during the 2015-16 season and the lowest total of goals surrendered by the team in a full season since 2003-04.
While the window of opportunity to win a Stanley Cup for some teams in the Metropolitan Division is closing, the window is wide open for the New York Islanders. They are a good bet to advance deep into the playoffs in the next couple of years and to also end a couple of lengthy droughts in terms of regular season play.
The Islanders haven’t finished as high as second place in their division since 2001-02 and to find a first-place finish for them, you need to go all the way back to 1986-87 when they topped the Patrick Division.
Another factor that the Islanders have going for them that makes this team a solid future wager as a Stanley Cup contender is that they have their superstar already in place to rival other Metropolitan Division elite talent such as Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
John Tavares has already challenged for the NHL scoring title and twice finished third in the Hart Trophy voting. He’s delivered in the playoffs, as all great players must, leading by example and scoring clutch goals, including overtime winners.