New York Islanders: 10 Steps They Need to Take to Fix Their Problems

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New York Islanders: 10 Steps They Need to Take to Fix Their Problems
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The New York Islanders find themselves in a familiar position at this point in the season: near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in the NHL and struggling to string wins together.

Despite recent pulse-pounding shootout wins during their two-game winning streak, the Isles have some serious work to do if they’re going to make the playoffs this year.

It’s a difficult task, like being able to straddle the line between sounding ironic or sounding self-pitying when writing about the Islanders as a fan.

The good news is that the problems on Long Island are fixable and are by no means out of reach for this young team. Assuming veteran leadership and youthful excitement can coalesce over the next few weeks, the Islanders have the pieces to make a postseason run.

Wishful thinking? Maybe. But here I’ll lay the groundwork for a turnaround in Uniondale if the Isles are willing to follow these guidelines. And, appropriately enough, it’s a 10-step program for the team to adhere to.

If that reminds you of a rehab program, that's because it is one.

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