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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: John Tavares

New York Islanders Advanced Stats – Penalty Kill

To get a good handle on the New York Islanders penalty kill unit in terms of advanced statistics, we’re going to assess the first and second PK lines by their GA/60 SH (On-Ice Goals Against per 60 minutes Shorthanded) rating. This gives us a clearer look at individual players’ effectiveness on the PK as opposed to just a team-wide penalty-killing percentage.

The Islanders first penalty-killing unit has not been great this year. John Tavares (13.2 GA/60 SH), and Anders Lee (14.4) both rank among the league’s worst among those who have at least 2:00 TOI/SH. Scott Mayfield and Adam Pelech have not been much better (13.0 and 11.5 respectively).

The bright spot of the New York Islanders penalty-killing unit has been the second line. Forwards Cal Clutterbuck (7.5) and Casey Cizikas (7.4) find themselves among the upper-crust of the NHL in the GA/60 SH category. If the second PK line continues to impress, it shouldn’t be long until the Isles start relying on Clutterbuck and Cizikas as their top penalty killers.

In a complete shocker, the top-rated Islanders penalty killer has been Dennis Seidenberg, of all people. His 5.4 GA/60 SH is the best on the team for any player with over 2:00 TOI/SH. If the underachieving Seidenberg can shine in at least one area of his game, that should provide hope to the rest of the team that everyone can improve in at least one facet of their game.

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If the New York Islanders plan on making a run at the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they’ll need to continue their inspired play on special teams. Though if they really want to make a run, they’ll likely need a little more help than that.

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