Tonight’s matchup between the Leafs and the New York Islanders will be viewed by outsiders as a tilt between two of theÂ bottom-feedersÂ of the Eastern Conference, devoid of much interest or playoff relevance. Â Yet for the fans of both these teams, this game and those of the recent past have been of definite significance for the futures of these franchises. Â The Islanders have been on an offensive surge, surprising opponents with their speed and tenacity in an attempt to somewhat salvage an otherwise dismal season. Â This has given the New York faithful reason to eb confident in the offense of their young core going forward, lead by the likes of John Tavares and Michael Grabner. Â While the defense and goaltending are still a work in progress, hope and potential lies in the likes of Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, and recently acquired Al Montoya. Â Montoya, who has yet to lose in his career with the Islanders, will be in net against a Toronto team that is heading in a similar direction (up!) from both the long and short-term perspective.