Al Arbour was serving in his second stint behind the Islanders’ bench in the 1989-90 season. They were starting to sizzle on the ice around this time, heading for a nine-game winning streak.
It seems like forever ago. Now the Islanders have a chance for their first single-season seven-game winning streak since then — 29 years later. They will face Carolina on Tuesday night at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum.
At the start of the season, expectations were not riding high.
“Certainly, you’re never satisfied, no matter who you are,” team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Monday. “But if I could have written down on a piece of paper, or somebody wrote [down on] a piece of paper and said you’d be where you are today, would you sign here, you’d sign.”
The Islanders (23-13-4, 50 points) hold the Eastern Conference’s first wild card. “I think, for the most part, they believe that we can win every game,” coach Barry Trotz said.
They are in rare territory, and relishing it.