According to thescore.com, the New York Islanders are America’s hockey team.
The bandwagon is filling up, with a reported 32 out of 50 states colored orange, rooting for the Islanders, via “Geotagged Twitter data that Betonline.ag gathered in the last week.” In a shocking twist, the Eastern Conference rival, Tampa Bay Lightning are the least popular club of the remaining four teams, with the Vegas Golden Knights claiming second, and the Montreal Canadiens claiming third.
The Islanders just took a 1-0 series lead over the Lightning Sunday afternoon, and look to pad their lead before going back home to Nassau Coliseum for Game 3.
Keep in mind that it's June 14, it's the third round, and 2 out of 3 people makes a majority. https://t.co/RDuUDbviVT
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 14, 2021
Noted Islanders villain, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN and Puck Soup, poked fun at the surprising new statistic on Twitter. But, c’mon Greg, it doesn’t matter what spin you put on it, the people want the Islanders to win. The Isles went from “boring” to the most popular team by the fans standards overnight, and let’s be honest, there’s no shortage of seats on the bandwagon.
For now, the Islanders are America’s hockey team. Enjoy it, Isles fans, this is fun!
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