Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/15/14

With less than a month left in the NHL season, the New York Islanders will try to sneak into the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Isles, who seem to always be in a rebuilding mode, are making a late season run at the Stanley Cup playoffs and have won five out of their last six games. Currently the Isles have nine players on their active roster that they’ve drafted since that year. The most notable is John Tavares. Tavares has exploded for 23 goals in 37 games, good enough for 2nd in the league. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton The Islanders have always been a dreaded destination for veteran players but recently the tide has turned. Evgeni Nabokov, who was claimed off waivers back in January 2011, has become a key piece in the Islanders’ success. Nabokov, who did not want to report to Uniondale after the waiver claim, has since said that he enjoys Long Island and wants to sign a contract extension. The 37-year-old goaltender has 17 wins in 31 games this year. At the June draft the Islanders acquired veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, a solid acquisition. He too had reservations about playing for the Islanders but has done a complete turnaround and last week signed a two-year extension with the team. As the NHL trade deadline approaches, many teams have inquired about defenseman Mark Streit. The 35-year-old Isles captain has been dubbed a “powerplay maestro.” However, he has been shooting less, something that has made him stand out when he was first acquired as a free agent in 2008. Contract extension talks have broken down and TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted Tuesday morning: Mark Streit is unlikely to agree to extension with NYI. Isles may keep him for playoff race, but unless there’s change, Streit will be a UFA If the Islanders can get a good prospect and a 1st or 2nd round draft pick, I’d deal Streit. We’ll see what the Islanders ultimately decide to do today. The kid I’ll be watching is rookie and former Notre Dame Captain Andres Lee. Tuesday, Lee scored his first NHL goal on his first shot last night, something that has only been done by three other NHL players. If Lee plays the rest of the season the way he played Tuesday night, he’ll become a fan favorite very quickly. The Islanders this season are 11-5-1 in away games this season. That’s good news for the Isles, as seven of their final 11 games are on the road. Unfortunately, they have been struggling at home and are a disappointing 7-11-2. The Islanders, who are now tied with the Devils for the seventh playoff spot, will play six of their final 11 games against teams who are currently below .500. I think that the Islanders can ultimately make a run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as high as a seventh seed. Based on the current standings that would match them up against the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders won the season series against the Habs 2-1, so it could make for an interesting playoff series that could go seven games. While I would love to watch the Isles knock off Montreal, I don’t see it happening. But I believe that the Islanders are back, and with a young core built, and a very deep group of prospects on the way, they should be in the playoffs for years to come. -Malamud

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jim Kelly: There is no doubt Tom Brady cheated

Warriors hang on, edge Rockets in Game 2 thriller

Farrell 'not ruling anything out' as Red Sox's struggles persist

Gretzky: Connor McDavid could be the next Gretzky

Bucs' Clint McDonald: Jameis Winston already leading team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dana White: Rousey vs. Cyborg would break UFC PPV record

Report: Smith child abuse investigation 'sexual in nature'

DeGale: ‘At the end of the day I’m better’ than Dirrell

Belichick suspected Tom Brady wasn't being honest with him

Johnny Manziel to be a full participant in OTAs

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Ranking the NBA Playoffs' most significant injuries

WATCH: Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm

Guy behind NFL's social media trolling of Pats is a Jets fan?

In defense of 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

Madison Bumgarner homered off of Clayton Kershaw

Would both Towns, Okafor prefer not being the No. 1 pick?

Spoiler Alert Central: Pitfalls in online viewing of live sports

NYPD officer takes photo with 'Eli's brother' at Letterman

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

NFL suspends Bills Marcell Dareus for violating substance abuse policy

Astros surprising, but can get better with prospects like Correa

JR Smith prefers taking contested shots to open shots

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Ten players who could benefit due to PAT rule change

Five QBs set for breakout campaigns

Report: Lakers will pursue Thibodeau

MLS leaders struggling with attendance

LBS: I was a contestant on Sports Jeopardy!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.