• Dominic Konareski

The State of All Three New York NHL Teams Going into Christmas

The NHL is currently halted due to COVID as play is scheduled to resume across the league after Christmas. At this point we have been able to see who the top teams are and really the direction of every franchise through about 30-games gamed and for New York it is as lobsided as it can get.

The New York Islanders sit dead last in the Metropolitan Division, eighth place with an 8-12-6 win-loss-overtime loss record. The Islanders biggest issue is goaltending as they are under sophomore GT1 Ilya Sorokin who has been solid as a whole with a .926sv%. but has made too many rookie mistakes. The Islanders have one of the older teams in the league and a very young core that has a lot to be proven. For a team that came so close to a final's appearance just months ago, it is now looking like a possible rebuild may be in affect if things stay in the state they are in.

The New York Rangers sit as the third best team in the Metro division with a 19-7-4 record, this is a team that frankly has everything going for them. The Rangers were expected to be a top team last season, but with heavy struggles they missed a playoff spot. Now in 2021/22 New York has caught up to where they are expected to be and have emerged as early Cup favorites.

The Buffalo Sabres are under the middle of a rebuild after a nightmare 2020/21 season the team now sits 10-15-5, sixth in the Atlantic Division. The team is led by star player Tage Thompson who has 18 points in 30 games played so far this season. Overall for the Sabres almost every single player is in the minus when it comes to the +/- category, the top player in the plus is Mark Pysyk who is +3 along with several others that are just barley in the positives.

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