The Islanders always seem to hit some crazy bump somewhere in the season where they go six or seven games without a win. I just wish this one didn’t come so late in the season. It’s interesting to think, though, that if they’d won just two of those games, they’d be tied for 8th. If they’d gone .500 during that stretch they’d be in 6th at this point lined up to play the winner of the South East division in the playoffs. But that’s not what happened did it.
So now they’re in a dog fight for the playoffs. With so many teams making a playoff run, it can get pretty complicated to know who you should root for. Look no further:
What about the rest of the season? As of today, these are the teams your root against in order of priority:
Rangers: No surprise here. New York Bruins: Four more points and a game in hand. Boston Thrashers: My guess is that of all the South East teams, they’re the most likely to sneak into eighth place. Atlanta Panthers: It sounds like Florida was starting to turn it on a bit. Zednik was part of that but you may have heard that he’s injured. Florida Hurricanes: Hope for a meltdown without Brind’amour. Take off that Whalers jersey if you’re watching a Hurricanes game. “What if Carolina plays Carolina ” you ask? Your Whalers jersey will spontaneously combust. Boston
- Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning: They’re on either end of the eighth place bubble. Hopefully the Sabres earn an easy two points tomorrow putting themselves comfortably out of the fray. If not, they’re reachable.
- Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs: Pretty much the same as number 6. Maybe Philly stumbles and falls back to the pack. As for
, it’s way too soon to say ‘finished’ but I'm hoping they don't wake up. Toronto
And everything will change by Sunday night. Just settle in and count the times announcers abuse the phrases “must win” and “do or die." Feckin' idjits.