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NHL pluses and minuses: Are the Islanders for real?
NHL pluses and minuses: Are the Islanders for real?

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + Arizona State shook up college hockey last week by announcing it will upgrade its men's club hockey program to full NCAA Division I status over the next three years. That will provide a path to the NHL for many West Coast kids who now must travel far from home to experience a high-level college program. It could also start a trend among Pac-12 conference schools. The Sun Devils, boosted by $32 million from donors, are considering the US Airways Arena in Phoenix for their home. + Are the New York Islanders for real? Sure looks like it. They swept a home-and-home series against the...

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