Regardless of what happens in this game or series, I think the Islanders and their fans should be incredibly proud of how their team has played.
Definitely. They're going to get better too with Strome, Reindhart, and some of the other prospects they have. My friends who are Islanders fans insist they're going to make a big trade this offseason with a package involving Nino and picks as the centerpiece for a proven NHLer. I don't know how good they'll be but they'll be in the playoff hunt in the new mega uber Division Conference whatever you call it.
Penguins will always be there, Capitals as well, Rangers should be competitive for the next 4-5 years , Islanders, and Blue Jackets are going to be better. Devils are gonna have to start rebuilding, Canes need to change their draft philosophy (need size to play in this Division), and Flyers have work to do.