New York Islanders Winners and Losers: A Call For Sustainability
Loser: Power Play
It’s no secret the power play is awful. The Islanders had a miserable time on the power play against the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
The numbers don’t lie; the Islanders have the worst power play in the league. They’ve drawn the second-fewest penalties in the league with 77, they have just 10 power play goals which is a whopping 13%.
It’s not the only reason they’re struggling. The defensive performance from Saturday night was embarrassing. The Isles gave up four goals in the third period alone.
Although the power play is the most glaring issue in my opinion. The Islanders clearly need to shake things up. In order to do so a coaching change would have to take place, because it has to be strategy that’s the problem.
The power play has been a problem for a lifetime it feels like. Fixing the power play won’t necessarily fix all the Islanders problems, but even if they were at something like 18% they would be much more competitive.
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Hopefully next week we can get something a bit more 50/50. No need to win every game, but four points from a possible six would be fantastic. You know some good some bad, something that can be sustained. Cause that 5-0-1 record from last week just wasn’t going to last.