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New York Islanders: Advanced Look at Isles Power Play and Penalty Kill

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders celebrate their 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders celebrate their 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 05: Josh Bailey

New York Islanders Advanced Stats – Power Play

The New York Islanders first power play line has put up terrific numbers so far this season. John Tavares and Anders Lee lead the team with seven goals apiece, with Mathew Barzal next at four goals. Josh Bailey leads the team with eighteen power play assists.

Advanced stats give teams and fans alike a different perspective from which to view, analyze, and rate their teams. As opposed to traditional statistics, which don’t always tell the whole story, there’s an advanced metric to gauge nearly everything a team or player does on or off the ice during a game.

If you delve a bit deeper into the New York Islanders advanced PP statistics, you’ll see the same four players with GF/60 PP (On-Ice Goals For per 60 minutes on a power play) within 10 and 11 (Bailey 10.9, Barzal 10.4, Tavares 10.2, Lee 10.1). Nick Leddy has a GF/60 PP of 8.3, to round out the first power play line.

These are all above average rankings when compared with the rest of the NHL. Combine these numbers with the  CF% Rel (PP) (CF% On-Ice PP minus CF% Off-Ice PP) that the Islanders’ first unit PP puts up (Bailey 5.1, Barzal 8.6, Tavares 11.9, Lee 8.5; all well above league averages), and you have a New York Islanders power play unit that ranks among the NHL’s elite.

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