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Frantic February

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders


February Schedules
NYI: 15 games
FLA: 15 games
NSH: 15 games
ARZ: 14 games
MIN: 14 games
MTL: 14 games

NYR: 14 games
STL: 14 games
VAN: 14 games

WSH: 14 games

ANA: 13 games
BUF: 13 games
CHI:
13 games
COL:
13 games
CBJ: 13 games
DAL: 13
games
EDM: 13 games

NJD: 13 games
SJS: 13 games
BOS: 12 games
CAL: 12 games

CAR: 12 games
LAK: 12 games
OTT: 12 games

PHI: 12 games

PIT: 12 games

WPG: 12 games
DET: 11 games
TOR: 11 games


*Metro Teams are Bolded

If it feels like the Islanders are playing every night, it’s because they basically are.

The Islanders played four games in the last six nights and are gearing up for three games in four nights, starting Saturday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nassau Coliseum.

All told, the Islanders are playing seven games in 11 days and 15 games in 26 days, earning them the title for the toughest February schedule in the NHL.

“Guys get a little tired, it’s that time of the year,” Josh Bailey said. “Every team goes through these stretches where you play a lot, especially in February and March.”

The Islanders are one of three teams with 15 games this month – Nashville and Florida being the two others – but have the most compact docket. The Panthers play 15 games in 27 days, while the Predators play 15 in 28.

“It’s a grind, but I think we’ve done a good job of being ready to play and showing up consistently,” Bailey said.

Head Coach Jack Capuano said his players are well-conditioned to deal with these circumstances, but he and the coaching staff are monitoring the workload of the team.

“We take a lot of pride – and we talked about it from day one of training camp – in our conditioning, nutrition and how we go about our business,” Capuano said. “It is a tough stretch; we know we have to manage our practices, our off-ice workouts and how we go about it.”

The Islanders play four sets of back-to-back games and don’t have consecutive days off until Feb. 25 and 26. After that, they finish the month with a back-to-back against Calgary and Carolina. No matter how you break down the month, it’s a lot of hockey.

“It’s a grind,” Travis Hamonic said. “But at this time of the year, it’s like that, it doesn’t get much easier.”

The NHL season is a marathon. For the Islanders, February is going to be a sprint. 

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