2022-23 New York Islanders Predictions and Futures Odds Picks
The Islanders had a weird year last season. They started the season with a five-week road trip and the followed that up with a string of Covid issues, which had them playing 50 games in 99 days to close out the season. That will definitely not repeat itself. The team did rebound a bit, but they never overcame the slow start. This is a talented team that should have more success this season, and they are out to prove that last season was just a miscue and the previous two are really what this team is all about.
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New York Islanders Offseason Moves
The Islanders didn’t do anything major this offseason, but they certainly made a few changes to the lines. All of the team’s major additions were on defense, with Alexander Romanov, Dennis Cholowski, and Hudson Fasching joining the team. They lost center Austin Czarnik to Detroit. Perhaps the biggest offseason move for the team was hiring Lane Lambert as the new head coach, meaning Barry Trotz, who was a mainstay for the Islanders, is out. This is Lambert’s first head coaching position in the NHL, and it will be interesting to see how he takes on such a big task.
This team didn’t improve during the offseason as much as one would hope. The offense didn’t have a lot going for them. Brock Nelson had almost 40 goals and was probably the highlight for the team. Mathew Barzal is looking for a bounce back year, along with captain Anders Lee now that he is further removed from his knee injury.
The real bright spot of this team continues to be the goalie play. The duo of Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov put together a tremendous year. If Ilya takes that next step and establishes himself as a superstar goalie, he could be on his way to the Vezina Trophy. And if the duo has the same success, this team could be headed to the playoffs. It remains to be seen what Lambert can get out of his players. Trotz had a lot of success, and many feel the veteran group relied on him. This team has playoff potential, but they need to play up to the strengths of the team. The Metropolitan Division is strong, and this team is in a dire win-now situation. The hope is that the learning curve with a new coach will be short and veteran leadership will take over.
New York Islanders NHL Futures Odds
The Islanders are +4000 to win the Stanley Cup, giving them the 17th best odds to win. The over/under points is sitting at 92.5. The team is -112 to make the playoffs; right around even money. The team is at +5000 for the Presidents Trophy. They are at +2000 in a tough Eastern Conference, putting them in 9th. They are fifth in the Metropolitan Division, sitting at +850. Ilya Sorokin is currently 3rd at +750 to win the Vezina Trophy.
2022-23 New York Islanders Predictions
Will we get a repeat of last season or is this year going to be a bounce back and this team will look more like it had the previous two years? That is the question on everyone’s mind. After losing Tavares in 2018, many thought this team would need to rebuild. They didn’t and had great success up until last year. This season is a big year to decide what happens to the future of this team. There were minimal moves made, and the core is aging, but I think this is a playoff team.
Last year looks more like a fluke than continued trend for the Islanders. The conference is tough. However, if they can continue with consistent goalie play, they have a path to win low-scoring games and really surprise some teams. This isn’t a team that is going to win the Stanley Cup, but it’s a talented playoff-proven team, and I see the postseason in their future.
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