Islanders defenseman Bode Wilde skates during a hockey scrimmage game at Training Camp at Northwell Health Ice Center on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke
The Islanders have qualified for the playoffs for the third straight season and will know by Tuesday which East Division foe they will face in the first round.
But the same yearly success has not been duplicated with AHL-Bridgeport, their top minor-league affiliate. The Sound Tigers finished this truncated season 8-14-2, playing solely against the Rangers’ Hartford affiliate and the Bruins’ Providence affiliate. It marks the eighth time in 11 years Bridgeport will not play postseason hockey.