NHL Burning Questions: New York Islanders

This is the newest file in THN.com’s ongoing “Three Burning Questions” feature. In this series, we pose three key questions for each NHL team prior to the beginning of the 2022-23 regular season. We’re posing Three Burning Questions about the New York Islanders in today’s edition.


1. Is the status quo going to push the Isles back into the playoffs after a hugely disappointing 2021-22 season? Last season, the COVID-19 pandemic damaged the Islanders’ Stanley Cup aspirations. Heading into the year, the Isles were projected to be a true Cup frontrunner, but as the season unfolded, it became clear that, healthy or not, the Islanders had bigger issues than just their health. Head coach Barry Trotz once again gave them structure on defense, but on offense, they did not have nearly enough elite talent to compete with the top teams in the highly-competitive Metropolitan Division.


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