NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The New York Islanders know they have to be better than they were a season ago, when they lost 13 games in which they led by two goals en route to missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Entering their final season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, it's important the Islanders have some momentum heading into Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season.
"The time's upon us," captain John Tavares said. "I'm looking forward to it. It's a new year and obviously we've got a lot to prove."