Season Preview — What the National Media Thinks About the Islanders’ Chances

Kevin Schultz

This morning, you got my take and many of you provided yours in the comments (keep ’em coming). Here’s a quick look at what the national media thinks about the Islanders chances this season:

(This certainly isn’t complete, let us know any predictions we missed in comments.)

TSN: 15th in the East

Why: Eventually this team is going to take a step forward and it’s probably going to come out of nowhere to surprise everyone. That’s the general feeling around this team and though a few THN staffers feel the Isles are on the cusp of moving on up, it always comes back to the fact they’re stuck in the difficult Atlantic Division. The Islanders will be hard-pressed to move out of the No. 5 spot in that grouping, which immediately puts them at a disadvantage. Goaltending is still a concern with or, more likely, without Rick DiPietro, though John Tavares is on track to superstardom.

ESPN: Thinks Mark Streit is Nino Niederreiter

Bovada Sportsbook: 75:1 to win Cup, 29th in NHL

CBS Sports: 15th in East

FOX Sports: Battling NJD for 4th place in Atlantic

SportsNet: 5th in Atlantic

Yahoo Sports: 5th in Atlantic