New York Islanders
NHL 14: New York Islanders Guide
Written By: JCol32
Championships: 4 (1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83)
Initially expected to take the name, Long Island Ducks, the New York Islanders were founded in 1972. The Islanders became the eighth of nine dynasties in NHL history after winning four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships between 1980 and 1983.
The Islanders will enter the 2013/14 season with the hope that they can progress into a consistent playoff contender building off of last season which saw them challenge the offensive powerhouse of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Star John Tavares, who often goes unnoticed on the island, will help lead the Isles to another playoff bid. Aging Evgeni Nabakov will have to stand on his head as the Islanders have a young and inexperienced defense in front of him. Matt Moulson does well on a line with Tavares. Kyle Okposo will look to continue his growth along with Matt Martin. Expect the final season at their old season before moving to the Barclays center to be a good one.
How to Play as the Islanders:
With the Islanders top heavy attack, try to alternate between their top two lines and you will have as much success as you possibly can as the New York Islanders. John Tavares is a great player along with the likes of Matt Martin, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Moulsen. Try to get the puck to Tavares and let him to the bulk of your work.
In the second round of the 1975 NHL playoffs, the Islanders amazingly came back to win the final four games of a best-of-seven series against the Pittsburgh Penguins after being down 3-0, and are only the fourth team in North American professional sports history to accomplish the feat.