Being the eternal optimist that I am, I’ll confidently say that there have been more positives than negatives this year for the New York Islanders. The power play and penalty killing units are where we’ll focus our attention on today.
There is no doubt that the New York Islanders need to improve in some areas. Their defense has been inconsistent. The goaltending, at times, has been awful. The dynamic offensive play of the 2017-18 Islanders has been their saving grace.
When this team is firing on all cylinders, they are a sight to behold. In order for the Islanders to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, they’ll need consistent play throughout all facets of their game. But every game can’t be left up to the offense to win. The defense, goalies and special teams units all need to do their part.
A big trade or a waiver wire pickup would undoubtedly do wonders for this team, but if the Islanders truly want to improve, it may be more up to the current roster to get the job done. Again, the New York Islanders offensive prowess has not been the issue thus far. Improvement in the defense and goaltending units is imperative.
After a very slow start, the New York Islanders power play unit has finally come around. Their penalty killing unit? Ummm, not so much. As we reach the halfway point of the season, let’s take a look at the Islanders’ conventional PP/PK statistics, as well as the advanced skater stats and skater time-on-ice stats for both special teams units.