With the Isles facing playoff elimination over the next few days, it is hard to believe that the team is 13-4-1 in their last 18 road games. (Combined with their 4-13-0 start, this makes the Isles 17-17-1 on the road this season; the 17 wins are more than any other team not currently in a playoff position.)
The 27 points in 18 games matches the club record for points in any 18-road game stretch in a single season:
1976-77 12-3-3 from 10/7/76 to 1/2/77
14-3-1 13-4-1 from 1/29/13 to 4/20/13
14-3-1 13-4-1 from 12/20/13 to current
Should the Islanders defeat Tampa Bay on Thursday for the 1,400th regular season win in franchise history they will do so by becoming the first Islander team to ever earn 29 points over 19 consecutive road games (single season).
However, home ice has been a completely different story. The Isles (11-18-8 at home) will finish the home season with a sub-NHL-.500 record for the fourth straight season (in each of the previous three seasons they were 1 game under at home) and are assured of their worst home record since going 12-27-1-1 in 1999-2000.
Home vs Road -- Last 2 seasons:
Home 21-29-11 (53 points in 61 games)
Road 31-23-5 (67 points in 59 games)
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
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