The New York Islanders dropped a winnable game against the Minnesota Wild thanks to a terrible power play that went 0/5. And coach Doug Weight isn’t happy.
It’s been an ongoing trend this season. The New York Islanders man advantage is absolutely terrible. It’s not anecdotal, or hyperbolic to say. It’s fact.
After the Islanders 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Islanders power play now has a 6.1% efficiency. Scoring two goals on 33 opportunities. Against the Wild, they went 0/5. Further compounding the problem that’s been plaguing them for longer than just this season.
Even before Doug Weight took over as head coach from his predecessor Jack Capuano, the power play was God awful. It continued well into Weights reign as coach last season. So he decided to bring on some guys to help him out. In comes Kelly Buchberger and Scott Gomez as assistant coaches. And yet the power play is still terrible. And Dougie ain’t happy.
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What He Said
Speaking with Newsday’s Arthur Staple after the game, Weight let it be known how he felt about is team’s effort on the man advantage. (He didn’t go easy).
The Islanders had five power play opportunities and they capitalized on none. Not a single one. If anything they were a negative two on the night as the Wild scored two short handed goals. Two!
That’s the second time this seasons that the Islanders give up multiple shorthanded goal in a single game. And they’ve only played ten games! They now have five short handed goals scored against them on the season. Again, in ten games!
To me it’s clearly a matter of poor strategy. Just two seasons ago the Isles ranked 17th with a 18.3% power play. It’s not the greatest power play, but it’s certainly more efficient than the one they have now.
These players aren’t stupid. I’m sure they know very well how to execute Weight/Buchberger/Gomez’s plan. It just seems that that plan isn’t working. At all. Whatsoever.
Practice the plan all you want Doug but the plan is flawed. It’s early with plenty of season left. So why not try some new ideas? I’ve got a few.