New York Islanders: Five Key Factors to Meet Expectation in 2016-17
The New York Islanders powerplay last season was in the lower tier of the league. With a 16.3% regular season efficiency, it ranked 17th in the league for 2015-16. Capitalizing on 42 of 229 opportunities.
The Islanders have to do a better job at taking their chances when they have the opportunity. Crafting chances at 5v5 is one story. But when they have the man advantage they need to be more efficient.
Flexibility over rigidity is going to be the key here. Instilling a 1-3-1 powerplay formation might work for a while until teams figure it out. I’m harping on coaching again, but this specific aspect of the game needs to be improved upon.
Developing good habits on the man-advantage in the regular season translates to the post-season.
Marginal differences are what set teams apart in the playoffs. Teams win series by exploiting an advantage over their opposition. And the power play is the single greatest advantage available to all teams.
The Isles are lucky to possess one of the better penalty kill ratings in the league (4th in 2015-16). When the shoe is on the other foot teams have a hard time taking advantage. Teams have to beat the Islanders 5v5