A quarter of the way through the season, the Islanders are 11-7-2 with 24 points, currently occupying the fourth spot in the Metropolitan Division and the first Wild Card in the Eastern Conference.
A good start was a team focus, especially given how last season's slow start - 6-10-4 through 20 games - cost them at the end of the season. The Islanders are already ahead of last season's pace, getting to 11 wins in 19 games, as opposed to 31 games from last season.
There's a lot to like about the Islanders through the first 20 games of the season, from the increase in scoring, their ability to consistently bank points and the emergence of Mathew Barzal. Here are five takeaways from the first quarter of the season.