Mar 7, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Joe Colborne (8) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
2. The Penalty Kill Fails the Isles Once Again
It’s no secret, last year the Islanders penalty kill was absolutely awful. The Isles PK finished at 78.1% with only the Florida Panthers having a worse than theirs. There were games last season where the Isles couldn’t couldn’t even clear the puck from their own zone for two full minutes on the kill and would eventually get worn down and let in a goal. This failure was a result of bad goaltending and poor defense, combining for a brutally awful PK.
This offseason, the Islanders hired Greg Cronin to help run the Isles penalty kill which failed them a season ago. The addition of some NHL caliber goaltending will also help New York fix the woes from a season ago. Islanders head coach Jack Capuano was quoted in Elliote Friedmans’s 30 thoughts as saying:”We’re going to change the way we forecheck on it, and, when the puck is in our zone, we’re going to pressure differently.” It will be interesting to see how the newly looked penalty kill fares for the Isles this season, but if it fails, that could spell disaster for New York.