New York Islanders History
The New York Islanders formed in 1972, and adopted the name Islanders because most of
their fans reside on Long Island. They are a historically great franchise in the NHL, having peaked in the early Eighties,
when the team went to five consecutive Stanley Cup Finals and won four of the five match ups in the process. Seven players
from the classic Eighties Islanders teams that won four Stanley Cups have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: Al Arbour,
Clark Gillies, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Bill Torrey, Billy Smith, and Bryan Trottier. Despite their run as one of the best
dynasties the NHL has ever known, the Islanders have also been plagued with troubles, both on the ice and fiscally. They have
not won a division title since 1988 and their last playoff series win was in 1993. The Islanders are beginning to turn things
around in anticipation of their 2015 move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
About the Team
are currently in last place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference, and while a playoff berth seems unlikely,
there is still hope that the Islanders can finish strong and pass the Hurricanes who sit just ahead of them in the division
standings. If the Islanders can shore up their defense in the off season they have a legitimate chance at competing for a
playoff spot in the 2014-2015 season, especially if points and assist leader John Tavares and leading goal scorer Kyle Okposo
can continue their strong output next year. Nassau Coliseum is always loaded with passionate fans that know how to show up
in droves to cheer for their team, making it a great place to see a big game if you're an Islanders fan. But even though the
Islanders are great to see during the regular season, it's a whole new game when the playoffs roll around and the intensity
gets taken up to the highest possible levels. Be there for all of the excitement and you will know first-hand what everyone
is buzzing about around town.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports
fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the New York Rangers are some
of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game day at Madison Square Garden the fans file in and take
their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of
the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins.
Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the
arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice
is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams advance the more intense the competition
becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and
NHL Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division
The Metropolitan Division is comprised of eight
teams: the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers,
the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Washington Capitals. Many of the teams in the division are among
the top franchises in the history of the NHL and four of the eight teams are located in either New York City area or in Pennsylvania.
The 2013-2014 season is the first for the Metropolitan Division which was formed due to the realignment of the NHL. The majority
of the teams came to the Metropolitan Division from the Atlantic Division, including the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders,
the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Meanwhile the Washington Capitals and the Carolina
Hurricanes came from the Southeast Division and the Columbus Blue Jackets joined from the Central Division. It is home to
some of the biggest rivalries in the league including that between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals and
the one between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. The Metropolitan Division is currently the only division
in the NHL without a Canadian Team.
The New York Islanders' early Eighties team is recognized as
the seventh of eight NHL dynasties. During that stretch they won an unprecedented 19 straight playoff series, an incredible
accomplishment that has not been equaled in any other North American sport. Pat LaFontaine, was inducted into the Hall of
Fame in 2003 and became the first former Islander inducted who was not a part of the dynasty.