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The Islanders missed the playoffs in their first two NHL seasons, but by the 1974-75 season, they were regularly one of the league’s best teams. They made the playoffs 14 seasons in a row between 1975 and 1988.
The Islanders are best known for their dynasty in the early 1980s. In 1980, the Islanders reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Their roster featured a stacked lineup of hall of famers like Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, and Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, and Billy Smith. In the Stanley Cup Final, the Islanders played against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders won the first game of the series after Denis Potvin’s overtime goal and won all three of their home games. Bobby Nystrom’s overtime goal in Game 6 clinched the series for the Islanders.
The dynasty the Islanders started in 1980 lasted for four seasons. The team won the Stanley Cup four times in a row between 1980 and 1983. In 1983, the Islanders defeated Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final. The Islanders were the older and more experienced team; they swept the series and prevented Gretzky from scoring even a single goal.
In 1984, the Islanders reached the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth consecutive year. The series was a rematch with the Oilers, and Edmonton came out on top this time—ending the Islanders’ dynasty after a five game series.
From 1994 to 2015, the Islanders failed to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs. This was the longest an NHL team had gone without winning a playoff series. The team finally broke this streak in 2016, when they defeated the Florida Panthers in the first round. Islanders captain John Tavares scored the series-winning goal in double overtime.
NHL Playoff Format
The NHL is split into an Eastern Conference and a Western Conference. 16 teams—eight from both conferences—make the playoffs.
There are four rounds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the winner of each round decided by a best-of-seven series. Round 3 is the Conference Final; The last round is the Stanley Cup, played to determine the NHL season champion.
Frequently Asked Questions About New York Islanders Playoff Tickets and Event Information
When do New York Islanders playoff tickets go on sale?
Hockey’s regular season begins in October and runs through April. If Islanders clinch a playoff spot, or are close to qualifying, tickets will typically go on sale in March.
How much are New York Islanders playoff tickets?
Islanders playoff ticket prices on the secondary market can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, Islanders playoff tickets can be found for as low as $89.00, with an average price of $209.00.
How to get cheap New York Islanders playoff tickets?
If you’re looking for cheap Islanders playoff tickets, tickets can be found for as low as $89.00. Additionally, once you click on your preferred event date, use the “sort by price” button located in the top left hand corner of the event page to sort all available Islanders playoff tickets by cheapest tickets available.
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