The Islanders begin the day Saturday with a share of first place in the Atlantic. Its the latest that this has happened in a season since the morning of December 23, 2001.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W-L-T-OL Pts GF GA NY Rangers 19-14-3-2 43 108 106 NY Islanders 18-10-5-2 43 97 86 Philadelphia 18-10-5-1 42 100 74 New Jersey 14-13-5-2 35 79 85 Pittsburgh 14-15-5-2 35 81 99
The Rangers beat Ottawa on 12/23/01 to take the Division lead to the Christmas break and while the Isles would finish the season only two points out of first place, they never again shared the lead.
If the Isles end Saturday in sole possession of first place, it would mark the first time that this has happened this late in the season since the night of December 14, 2001.
If the Islanders win Saturday
Theyll have earned 27 points in a nineteen game stretch for the first time since the 1989-90 season (they had several overlapping stretches of 31 points in nineteen games that season). The Isles are 11-4-3 / 25 points in their last 18 games.