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2018–19 New York Islanders season

The 2018–19 New York Islanders season was the 47th season in the franchise's history.[2] It will be their fourth season in the Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, which they moved into after leaving Nassau Coliseum in Nassau County on Long Island at the conclusion of the 2014–15 season. The Islanders also use Nassau Coliseum as a part-time venue starting this year where they will play half of their 41 regular season home games,[3] and as well as all First Round playoff home games.[4] The Islanders entered the season looking to improve on their 35–37–10 record from the previous season, as well as make the playoffs for the first time since the 2015–16 season. They were able to improve their performance, despite losing their longtime captain and franchise player John Tavares in free agency. The Islanders clinched a playoff spot on March 30, 2019, with a 5–1 win against the Buffalo Sabres.[5] On April 16, the Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, making it their first playoff series sweep since the 1983 Stanley Cup playoffs.[6] However, in the second round, the Islanders were not able to capitalize on their success against Pittsburgh, as they were swept by the Carolina Hurricanes.[7]

2018–19 New York Islanders
Division2nd Metropolitan
Conference4th Eastern
2018–19 record48–27–7
Home record24–13–4
Road record24–14–3
Goals for228
Goals against196
Team information
General ManagerLou Lamoriello
CoachBarry Trotz
CaptainAnders Lee
Alternate captainsJosh Bailey
Cal Clutterbuck
Andrew Ladd
ArenaBarclays Center
Nassau Coliseum
Average attendance12,442[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Worcester Railers (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsAnders Lee (28)
AssistsMathew Barzal (44)
PointsMathew Barzal (62)
Penalty minutesScott Mayfield (68)
Plus/minusCasey Cizikas
Adam Pelech (+22)
WinsRobin Lehner (25)
Goals against averageChristopher Gibson (1.50)

Contents

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
4 x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
5 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
6 Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
7 New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
8 New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standingsEdit

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
2 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
3 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
5 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
6 ME New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
7 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
8 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
9 ME New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
10 AT Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason schedule was published on June 15, 2018.[8]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[3]

2018–19 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
Notes:
a Game was played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
b Game was played at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

PlayoffsEdit

The Islanders faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the First Round of the playoffs,[9] and swept the series in four games, marking the first time since the 1982–83 season that they swept the series.[10]

The Islanders faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the Second Round of the playoffs,[11] and were swept in four games.[12]

2019 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statisticsEdit

As of May 3, 2019[13][14]

SkatersEdit

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[17]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Robin Lehner 46 43 2,615:49 25 13 5 93 2.13 1,323 .930 6 0 1 0
Thomas Greiss 43 39 2,293:42 23 14 2 87 2.28 1,185 .927 5 0 1 4
Christopher Gibson 2 0 40:00 0 0 0 1 1.50 17 .941 0 0 0 0
Playoffs[18]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Robin Lehner 8 8 449:00 4 4 15 2.00 233 .936 0 0 0 2
Thomas Greiss 1 0 36:27 0 0 2 3.29 10 .800 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Islanders. Stats reflect time with the Islanders only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Islanders only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

TransactionsEdit

The Islanders have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018–19 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Eamon McAdam
To New York Islanders
Matt Martin
[19]

Free agentsEdit

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21) Kristers Gudlevskis to Dinamo Riga (KHL) Unknown [20]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Valtteri Filppula from Philadelphia Flyers 1-year [21]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Jaroslav Halak to Boston Bruins 2-year [22]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Leo Komarov from Toronto Maple Leafs 4-year [23]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Alan Quine to Calgary Flames 1-year [24]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) John Tavares to Toronto Maple Leafs 7-year [25]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Chris Wagner to Boston Bruins 2-year [22]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Tom Kuhnhackl from Pittsburgh Penguins 1-year [26]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Matt Lorito from Detroit Red Wings 2-year [27]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Mike Sislo from Buffalo Sabres 1-year [28]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Calvin de Haan to Carolina Hurricanes 4-year [29]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Robin Lehner from Buffalo Sabres 1-year [30]
July 4, 2018 (2018-07-04) Nikolai Kulemin to Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) 3-year [31]
July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09) Connor Jones to Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) Unknown [32]
July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09) Jan Kovar from Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) 1-year [33]
July 31, 2018 (2018-07-31) Kyle Schempp to Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) 1-year [34]
August 4, 2018 (2018-08-04) Shane Prince to Davos (NL) 2-year [35]
September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) Luca Sbisa from Vegas Golden Knights 1-year [36]
September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) Brandon Davidson to Chicago Blackhawks 1-year [37]
February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) Jeremy Smith from Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) 1-year [38]
February 26, 2019 (2019-02-26) Dennis Seidenberg None 1-year [39][40]
March 21, 2019 (2019-03-21) Grant Hutton from Miami RedHawks (NCHC) 1-year [41]
March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26) Bobo Carpenter from Boston University Terriers (Hockey East) 2-year [42]
April 2, 2019 (2019-04-02) Mason Jobst from Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten) 2-year [43]
June 10, 2019 (2019-06-10) Jeremy Smith to Kunlun Red Star (KHL) 2-year [44]

WaiversEdit

Date Player Team Ref

SigningsEdit

Date Player Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Thomas Hickey 4-year [48]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Christopher Gibson 2-year [49]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Seth Helgeson 2-year [50]
July 5, 2018 (2018-07-05) Jakub Skarek 3-year [51]
July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09) Ross Johnston 4-year [52]
July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16) Kyle Burroughs 2-year [53]
July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16) Devon Toews 2-year [54]
July 17, 2018 (2018-07-17) Ryan Pulock 2-year [55]
July 23, 2018 (2018-07-23) Brock Nelson 1-year [56]
August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13) Noah Dobson 3-year [57]
October 13, 2018 (2018-10-13) Stephen Gionta 1-year [58]
December 3, 2018 (2018-12-03) Bode Wilde 3-year [59]
March 28, 2019 (2019-03-28) Oliver Wahlstrom 3-year [60]
May 23, 2019 (2019-05-23) Brock Nelson 6-year [61]
June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) Jordan Eberle 5-year [62]

Draft picksEdit

Below are the New York Islanders' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 11 Oliver Wahlstrom RW   United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
1 121 Noah Dobson D   Canada Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
2 41 Bode Wilde D   United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
2 431 Ruslan Iskhakov C   Russia Krasnaya Armiya (MHL)
3 72 Jakub Skarek G   Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava (ELH)
4 103 Jacob Pivonka C   United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
5 134 Blade Jenkins LW   United States Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
7 196 Christian Krygier D   United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)

Notes:

  1. The Calgary Flames' first-round pick went to the New York Islanders as the result of a trade on June 24, 2017, that sent Travis Hamonic and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2019 to Calgary in exchange for a second-round pick in 2018, a conditional second-round pick in 2019 and this pick.[63]

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