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New York Islanders Miss Injured Johnny Boychuk

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21: Johnny Boychuck
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21: Johnny Boychuck /
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New York Islanders slide continues with a three-game skid as they start the new year. Looking at the last few games, the Isles miss Johnny Boychuk.

Injuries are generally always an excuse but never are they the reason for a losing skid. But or the New York Islanders right now, injuries are certainly a pretty good reason for recent losses.

Johnny Boychuk has been out for a few games already. it seems that Boychuk picked up an injury when the Islanders faced the Buffalo Sabres on December 27th, 2017. And boy do the Islanders miss him.

The Islanders number two D-man has been an important figure for the Islanders. It’s not what he brings in terms of production the Isles miss, they’ve got their top two lines for that, but it’s what he brings to clearing the net and creating possession that the Isles miss.

Two Examples

I wanted to bring up two examples of where Johnny Boychuk’s skill set could have been used. Both occurred against the Colorado Avalanche, where the New York Islanders lost 6-1.

The first example is this goal by Matt Nieto. Look at how Ryan Pulock is right on him. Nieto applied a simple stick lift to create space and time on Pulock, and it worked.

We all know how strong Boychuk is in front of his own net. Sub in Boychuk for Pulock, who was playing in Johnny’s position next to Leddy, and this doesn’t happen.

The next example is Carl Soderberg’s goal in the same game. Soderberg is able to muscle new kid Sebastian Aho off the puck behind the net to find himself with a perfect opportunity where he makes no mistake.

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Corsi Starved

Those were the obvious examples of where the Islanders could use Boychuk. Less obviously is in the control of play. Believe it or not, Johnny Boychuk leads the team with a healthy 17.04 individual Corsi-For per 60.

On average this season the New York Islanders have been 49.06% in terms of Corsi-For. Over the last three games, the Isles were 52%, 42% and 47% respectively without Boychuk.

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Unfortunately, the New York Islanders will be without Johnny Boychuk for some time. He’s skating with the team, but his most recent outing didn’t go as well as planned. Get well soon Johnny, the Isles need you.

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