The NFL season was rough for both the New York Jets and Giants. Neither team made the playoffs. The NBA season has not been much better, as the Knicks are in last place in the eastern conference, and the Nets are battling just for the 8th seed in the conference. In the 2014 MLB season, neither the Mets nor Yankees made the playoffs.
The sport that is least talked about, hockey has something that would would get a lot of viewers. The Islanders and Rangers, who both sit in first place in the Metropolitan division with 84 points a piece, can potentially meet in the playoffs. The way it looks at the moment, they would not meet until the eastern conference finals, but there is a good chance of this.
All New York hockey fans would not want anything more then for these 2 teams to meet in the playoffs. The islanders have shocked the hockey universe by being in first place this late in the season, are currently 3-1 vs the Rangers. With the Islanders high powered offense, it will be tough for them to make a deep run in the playoffs with their lack of experience, but hey, why not. It is their last season at Nassau Coliseum, and they’d love to bring the cup back to Long Island, led by John Tavares, who is tied for the league lead in points.
The Rangers on the other hand are full of experience, led by Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist, in which the team has been to the playoffs in 9 of the last 10 seasons. The Rangers are going all in this year, as they are up there in age. If they meet the Islanders in the playoffs, this series will bring the rivalry back. The Islanders have been a quiet franchise for the last 15 or 20 years, and they are destined to make a run at some point.
So what would be better then the Islander meeting up with the Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Each team has their advantages, and it would be exciting to watch. Every New Yorker would pick a side. It is something bright for New York sports fans to look forward to considering all other sports have not treated them well.