As the NHL prepared to start the 2020 playoffs, last week’s poll question revolved around whether different fanbases viewed their team as serious contenders. (Or, for groups whose team did not make the top 24 cut, it asked who they were backing.)
With the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, our survey respondents were predictably lukewarm on whether the Islanders fit that definition. I think “contender” is always in the eye of the beholder: It’s clearly something short of “favorite” but...does it mean that a team with enough to make it all the way in an “anything can happen” league?
Perhaps. Just under 50 percent of our Islanders fan respondents believed the Islanders are a “serious contender” for the Stanley Cup. If you voted, feel free to explain further in comments below.
To deliver on that promise, they’d have to get through a best-of-five against the Panthers before commencing the normal three-round slog to get out of the conference for a best-of-seven final.
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
After Game 1 though, so far so good. Just 18 more wins to go, is all.
Anyway, let’s narrow this down. Here’s a more specific poll for you:
How far will the Islanders make it in the August-September postseason?
This poll is closed
Not far. The Panthers will knock them out.
They’ll beat the Panthers but then in the first best-of-seven round.
They’ll lose in the second best-of-seven round.
They’ll make it to the Conference Final.
They’ll lose in the Stanley Cup final.
DRIVE FOR FIVE, BABY. 19 wins and a new Cup, at long last.
The survey also asked qualifier teams if they’d would want their team to tank for an opportunity (12% chance, by the latest lottery) to draft Alexis Lafrenière. From those, 23% said bring on the tank.
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