UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders finally found their stride, it just came way too late to salvage this non-playoff season.
Roster shake-ups and injuries made the headlines, most notably the trade of popular forward Matt Moulson to Buffalo, and the loss of star captain John Tavares, who had his season wrecked by a torn knee ligament sustained in the Sochi Olympics.
And he wasn't the only one to go down. Fellow forward Kyle Okposo also missed time, along with defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Radek Martinek. By the time the Islanders surged down the stretch, they were featuring upward of 11 rookies in the lineup.