Islanders and Rangers – Headed in opposite directions
While both New York teams are currently holding down the final two playoff rungs in the East, they probably have different feelings as a result of earlier expectations. The Islanders are another perennial outlier team, with a string of non-playoff participation in recent years, which has been trying to build toward their current success for the last few years.
At the forefront of their rise, is the emergence of center John Tavares, whose 42 points rank him among the league leaders. He has been a nightly threat despite the fact that he is the best offensive player on his team, faced with the toughest checking foes in every game. He's also among the most accurate scorer, with his 24 goals coming on only 139 shots, for a 17.3% clip. More than these numbers, he is a physical presence, whose ability to hold onto the puck in the offensive has created more opportunities for his teammates like Matt Moulson, w You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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