New York Islanders are still very much 'in it' heading into 2017 2
Dec 31, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. New York Islanders win 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders enter 2017 with some momentum from a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Islanders finished the year winning four of their last five after a brief streak that saw them gain only one point in five games.

Is it impossible? Not at all, but it will be difficult, and the New York Islanders need to get started immediately.

Looking at the numbers

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick took to twitter to make a valid point for Islanders fans proclaiming the season is over.

While fans are definitely within reason to be burying their team, all is not lost yet.

There are some very good teams in the Metropolitan division. It has hands down become the most competitive division in the NHL with so many teams on the rise and only so many playoff spots available.

During this season the Blue Jackets and Flyers have both achieved at least a 10 game winning streak, while the Penguins and Rangers reached seven at one point and the Capitals managed to achieve a six game winning streak.

When the Islanders were stuck playing “ok” hockey, the rest of their division was soaring through the NHL standings and cementing their chance at a playoff berth.

The metropolitan didn’t stop soaring when the Islanders went on a 5-0-1 tear either, and they certainly weren’t slumping after the Islanders went 0-4-1.

Are the Islanders a “bad” team?

Consistency is the key word for the Islanders.

For much of bench boss Jack Capuano’s career with the Islanders, they were often criticized for not playing a full 60 minutes of hockey (a fault that lives on to this very day).

Much of the Islanders woes lies within inconsistency and this fault becoming an ever increasing thorn in the Islanders game.

Their lack of finish has cost them more than 15 points this season in games where they surrendered the game-winning goal with just under five minutes left to play.

The Islanders are a team with potential who are afraid to live up to their expectations. Statistically, yes, their numbers may not match up to what they were last season, but I still stand by that the Islanders are a better team than this.

One large inconsistency for the Isles was between the pipes, and after the waiving of starter Jaroslav Halak, that issue will begin to resolve itself.

The Islanders lost some good pieces in the offseason, no doubt. The acquisitions of Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera have not yet put in their fair share, that is also true.

However, during the Islanders last few games, Chimera and Ladd have been getting warmer, and it seems to be reverberating with the other Islanders forwards.

Ryan Strome seems to finally be turning a new leaf and Anders Lee is one of the hottest goal scorers in the NHL.

With the goaltending situation seemingly figured out, for the time being, the Islanders are poised to be resurgent in the new year,

The best part is, it’s not a moment too soon.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.