The 2014 season was a disappointing season for the New York Islanders. They finished last in the Metropolitan division with a record of 34-37-11. As for the Rangers, they played but lost in the greatest stage in hockey; the Stanley Cup. In the Stanley Cup, Henrik Lunqvist had to keep them in the last couple of games, but the Rangers offense could not score enough goals to beat the Kings. So, why will the Islanders have a better record then the Rangers in the 2014-15 season?
The Rangers have already had an exceptional season, but they are way too reliant on their all-star goalie, Henrik Lunqvist. They have Marty St. Louis to score goals, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello can score as well. However, offense is more so their issue.The Islanders, on the other hand, have a top five player overall in John Tavares. Kyle Okposo is also an excellent goal scorer. Michael Grabner, even though he may not score a ton of goals, is a quick and explosive player, and a young player with a lot of promise in Ryan Strome. Lastly, I believe Andres Lee is going to have a big season. He has 10 goals in 24 career games, so the talent is there.
Teams in the NHL need goal scorers in order to win, and I do not think the Islanders will have a problem putting the puck in the net. The Islanders problem for the past decade at least has been their goal tending. They’ve tried guys like Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov, and Kevin Poulin. None have had real consistent success, so this offseason they signed Jaroslav Halak, who has a solid save percentage and record, but has been bothered by injuries or backing up top notch goalies like C.J. Price or Ryan Miller, so he has never had a real chance. Islander fans should be excited with this acquisition, because this is what the team needs. Halak (29) has great potential.
This should be an interesting season for the Islanders. I really think they could have a top 5 or 10 offense in league. It appears that they may have the perfect goaltender for the team. The Rangers on the other hand are a little older, and they are currently in the Stanley Cup. If they are going to win it all, it will have to be this year. The Islanders are on the rise, and should be good heading into Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season.