New York Islanders: Why the Isles Can Make the 2011-12 Playoffs

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New York Islanders: Why the Isles Can Make the 2011-12 Playoffs
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The New York Islanders started the 2011-12 NHL season at 3-1. Since then, it’s been all downhill. Islanders fans, say it with me:

Here we go again.

It’s been said that the past is a nightmare that we struggle to awake from. For Isles fans, that nightmare restarts by November each year.

Despite the likely outcome of the season for the Islanders, there is always hope at the outset. And—to draw upon another quote—hope is a good thing; maybe the best of things.

The season isn’t over yet. However unlikely it may seem, the Islanders still have a chance to make the playoffs.

(Forgive me for writing a playoff prediction piece this early in the season, but if I wait any longer the Islanders might be mathematically eliminated by the time I get around to publishing one.)

Going back to the hope that exists at the beginning of the season, there are several elements of this year’s team that can help the Isles to a playoff berth.

Don’t give up hope yet, Isles fans. Even though you’ve heard it before, the future is bright for the Islanders…

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