Armageddon didn’t come to the Island. When captain John Tavares bolted via free agency in the summer of 2018, the New York Islanders were expected to plummet to the depths of the NHL standings. Instead, the Islanders challenged for first place in the Metropolitan Division during the 2018-19 season and played more like a contender than a pretender.
Life began in the NHL for the Islanders as an expansion team in 1972-73 and it didn’t begin very well. The Islanders were the free spot on the NHL schedule, losing 60 games their first season, at the time an NHL record for futility. In didn’t take them long to get better, though. By 1974-75, the Islanders were playing in the Stanley Cup semifinals, defying the odds by rallying from a 3-0 series deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in a seven-game quarterfinal series.
Soon, the Islanders would form one of the NHL great dynasties. From 1979-80 through 1982-83, they won four straight Stanley Cups, becoming the last NHL team to win more than two Cups in succession.
Recently, the Islanders have fallen on hard times. They’ve won just one playoff series since 1993. But they made a coup in the summer of 2018 when coach Barry Trotz, who’d just guided the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup, bolted to take over the helm of the Isles.
Shifting locales between the Nassau County Coliseum in Long Island and the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, locating a home-ice advantage has proven a challenge for the Islanders. They’ve actually been a better road team. But the arrival of Trotz has seen the team do a 180 in terms of defense, going from the worst goals against in the NHL to challenging for top spot and the Jennings Trophy. This has also made the Islanders a dynamic under wager.
The Isles have two home rinks and if you wager at Draftkings, you’ll be offered two different ways to win on the Isles. You can put money down on the Isles in any number of straight or prop bets via the DraftKings sportsbook, or you can play daily fantasy sports through DraftKings, utilizing players from the Islanders’ roster.