New York Islanders Daily: Shots Allowed Problem

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Mike Green
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Mike Green /

The New York Islanders are back in a playoff spot but there’s a major issue when it comes to their play of late. The number of shots allowed.

Somehow, some way the New York Islanders were able to win on the road against the Canadiens. It was an ugly contest, the Islanders blew two separate two-goal leads but a win is a win and they’re back in a playoff spot.

One of the insane stats from last night, and the last month or so really, is the number of shots allowed. Thomas Greiss faced 56 shots last night. 56!

It was the 10th time in their last 11 games, dating back to December 21, the New York Islanders have allowed 35 shots or more. The one time they didn’t they still allowed 32 shots which isn’t necessarily ideal either.

The Islanders really struggled to clear the puck out of their own zone, they have struggled in this area for a while now and it’s a big reason why they let in so many goals.

I know it’s tough to complain after a win but the Isles are getting by with the skin of their teeth with this defense. I have to give credit to both goalies they’ve looked better but with Calvin de Haan, Johnny Boychuk and potentially Scott Mayfield out the Isles are in big trouble on the blue line.

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