We as a group at Stars and Sticks are breaking down the Metropolitan Division to get a better look at each team and who the Washington Capitals will be facing this coming year. Today, we take a look at a team that is on the rise and should be fun to compete against in 2014-2015: The New York Islanders.
What They Did Last Year:
Last year, the New York Islanders were hoping to return to the playoffs after making it the previous season. That was not the case as they finished in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 34-37-11 record, good for 79 points. They scored 225 goals and allowed 267 goals (the third most in the NHL).
They were not as bad as they looked on paper. John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Josh Bailey all had very solid seasons. Young defensemen Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, and Calvin de Haan all showed improvement despite being forced to take on roles that they were probably not prepared for. They were probably a good goalie away from contending for the playoffs.
The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders four times this season. Their first meeting is on November 26th. They will also play each other on November 28th, December 29th, and February 21st.