After missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season, the Islanders will clean out their stalls today, meet with coaches for their final exit interviews and reflect on a disappointing 2011-12 campaign.
But as the top teams in the league prepare for post-season action, there remains one glimmer of hope for the Islanders this week:
The 2012 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery:
On Tuesday, the five teams that finished last in the league will find out their position for the 2012 draft this June. By virtue of their 27th place finish, the Islanders have a 10.7% chance of nabbing the first overall pick. Here are the other breakdowns:
Columbus Blue Jackets - 25.0%
Edmonton Oilers - 18.8%
Montreal Canadiens - 14.2%
New York Islanders - 10.7%
Toronto Maple Leafs - 8.1%
The lottery show will be televised on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m.