For the first time since 2007, there will be playoff hockey at the Nassau Coliseum this spring.
After finishing dead last in the Atlantic Division last year, the Islanders clinched a playoff spot last week and currently have a hold on the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games to play. The Isles are young and talented up front — John Tavares ranks third in the NHL with 27 goals — and surprisingly sturdy in net, with veteran Evgeni Nabokov boasting modest stats but winning a conference-best 23 games.
Let’s just hope they leave those hideous black sweaters on the shelf come playoff time.
Andy Brickley thinks these inexperienced Islanders were the team that benefited most from this lockout-shortened, 48-game season. To see what Jack Edwards and Billy Jaffe have to say about that, check out the video above.