The New York Islanders kept their playoff hopes alive with a crucial win over the Chicago Blackhawks, pulling within a point of a playoff spot thanks to outside help.

By the Numbers
  • The Islanders earned a 2-1 victory after being down 1-0 entering the third period, their first win in the second half of a back-to-back in ten attempts.
  • They are now just one point behind the Detroit Red Wings and the Washington Capitals (with a game in hand), and two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers.
Yes, But

While the Islanders are in the playoff hunt, they face challenges against teams like the Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, and Canadiens who have nothing to lose.

State of Play
  • The Islanders are on the verge of a playoff spot, pending Thursday's outcomes.
  • Goalie Ilya Sorokin shared insights on his mindset as the season winds down.
What's Next

The Islanders need to secure a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets to further solidify their playoff chances.

Bottom Line

The New York Islanders are in a tight playoff race, with each game critical in determining their postseason fate as they strive to keep their playoff dream alive.