Islanders Win Again, Self-Destructing
Stacking up wins is generally considered a very good thing. The Islanders beat the Canadiens in OT tonight, in Montreal, picking up another two points. They’ve now won 5 of their last 7. They’ve picked up points in 7 of their last 8. It’s a great run, and probably doing wonders for the young team’s collective self-esteem.
The Isles are in dead last in the NHL. It looks like a good spot to be in so late in the season with premier pick John Tavares available in this year’s draft. New York once had some healthy distance between them and the 29th team, but now there are only 4 points between the rebuilding Isles and the busted Bolts.
With the way the team is currently playing, there’s good reason for optimism on the Island, assuming the team stays there, especially if Tavares joins the squad. The “problem” is if the Islanders keep up their winning ways and instead of picking 1-2, wind up in the 5-6 spot. Not a bad pick, but the projected talent at 1-2 is much higher.
Outside of a couple of home games against the rival Flyers, it’s hard to imagine many Islanders fans will actually be rooting for the wins to keep coming.