The New York Islanders Finished The 2016-17 Season On The Heels Of A Six Game Winning Streak
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The New York Islanders finished the 2016-17 season on the heels of a six-game winning streak which included wins over four teams that would not be advancing to the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the end, it wasn’t enough to continue their modest two-season playoff streak.
An ugly first quarter, marked by questionable defensive coverage, poor transition play, a powerless play and questionable management decisions will have them watching 16 teams compete for the ultimate prize from their living rooms. The fact that their 94 points is just two shy of the NHL record for most while missing the postseason (2014-15 Bruins had 96, 2006-07 Avalanche and 2010-11 Stars had 95) is no consolation, especially to the captain.
“Overall, as a team, it’s…show more content… He also led the team in power play goals, game-winning goals and shooting percentage. It’s the sixth-best single season franchise goal total in the 2000s.
Look beyond meager scoring totals (9-15-24 in 66 games) to appreciate how good a season 19-year old rookie Anthony Beauvillier had. Buried in Jack Capuano’s anti-youth movement earlier in the year with sporadic appearances, it wasn’t until Doug Weight took over and gave the rookie consistent playing time that he began to shine at both ends of the rink. If the organization sees him as a Frans Nielsen replacement, he’s off to a pretty good start.
Joshua Ho-Sang came in and energized the entire offense with his creativity and flair, not to mention offering an alternative to Nick Leddy when it comes to breaking the offensive zone with speed. Some of his passes were sublime and while he definitely needs to become a more complete, mature player in terms of his decision making, this could be the big gamble that pays off in a huge way. Credit to the player for putting all the distractions behind him and growing up in a hurry to earn his promotion.
Josh Bailey…Just leaving it at that is more than enough to draw out the entire Isles Twitter spectrum as I sit back and watch the world burn. Seriously, though, 43 assists and 56 points thrust, maybe unfairly, into a first-line role with Tavares. Along with Lee, they became a true