Training camp and the preseason have come and passed for the New York Islanders, who will now turn their attention to games that matter. Before they do, let’s review everything from the final week before the regular season.
Dancing With The Devils Pt. 1:
The Islanders traveled down to New Jersey for an exhibition with the rival Devils on Tuesday. Here are the key takeaways from the 6-5 loss.
Johnston Sticking To Identity:
Ross Johnston has been a fixture in the Islanders’ dressing room for six years, but he’s now on the roster bubble. But despite his job in the NHL being at risk, Johnston is sticking to what got him there in the first place.
Palmieri Back At Practice:
Kyle Palmieri made his first appearance at training camp after missing the first two weeks with an undisclosed injury.
Who Plays With Barzal and Horvat?
Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat will be heavily relied upon by the Islanders this season. But who will be the third member of what should be a lethal top line?
Poor Effort In Philly:
In a game where the Islanders dressed mostly prospects, the effort of the team’s mainstays led to an ugly defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Soon after the loss to Philadelphia, the Islanders cut many of the prospects who’d been with them throughout training camp.
Falling Flat In Preseason Finale:
The Islanders finished the preseason in the worst way possible with three-straight losses, and the fans at UBS Arena on Friday night let them hear it.
One Last Decision:
After cutting 19 players from the roster, the Islanders have to choose whether to keep Simon Holmstrom or Ross Johnston on the team.
The Islanders entered the preseason with several questions on the table. At the end of training camp and six exhibition games, they got some answers they wanted and others they didn’t.