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New York Islanders Three Single Best Performances of 2017

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebartes his goal at 19:24 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebartes his goal at 19:24 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebartes his goal at 19:24 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

We’re continuing our look at the New York Islanders 2017 calendar year with the top three single-game performances from January to December.

For this list, we’re looking at single-game performances for individual New York Islanders players. Unlike our list of the top three goals of the 2017 calendar year, we’re quantifying this one.

We’re going to use game score stats to decide what makes the top three and what doesn’t.

If you aren’t sure what game score is, don’t worry. It’s relatively new to hockey. We’ve already introduced the stat a few times, but I’ll go over it again briefly.

Game score is originally a basketball stat that was adopted for hockey. Game score on a basketball level was designed to do the following:

"It was meant as an extension and simpler alternative of player efficiency rating (PER) and aims to “give a rough measure of a player’s productivity for a single game” with a similar scale to points scored, something the average basketball fan would immediately be familiar with."

So Dom Luszczyszyn, the guy who adopted game score for hockey did the same. What he used to count game score were:

"Goals (G), primary assists (A1), secondary assists (A2), shots on goal (SOG), blocked shots (BLK), penalty differential(PD/PT), faceoffs(FOW/FOL), 5-on-5 corsi differential (CF/CA), 5-on-5 goal differential (GF/GA). Formula: Player Game Score = (0.75 * G) + (0.7 * A1) + (0.55 * A2) + (0.075 * SOG) + (0.05 * BLK) + (0.15 * PD) – (0.15 * PT) + (0.01 * FOW) – (0.01 * FOL) + (0.05 * CF) – (0.05 * CA) + (0.15 * GF) – (0.15* GA)"

So we’re going to use the same thing. We’re also going to use data from Corsica.Hockey to get the list together.

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