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New York Islanders Top Six Forwards Are Best In The NHL

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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, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 21: John Tavares

New York Islanders First and Second Line Stats

As previously mentioned, the Islanders clearly are where they are because of the elevated play of their first and second lines. Let’s take a look at the productions levels of the New York Islanders top-six forwards and after, we’ll compare them to the top lines of the NHL’s top four teams.

We’ll be comparing these players based on goals, assists, plus/minus rating, and Corsi For % (CF%; percentage of time team controls the puck while the player is on the ice at even strength). This should give us a good idea of not only how these players stack up against each other, but how productive their lines are as a group.

New York Islanders First Line

Anders Lee – 46 GP, 26 G, 15 A, -5 plus/minus, 50.0 CF%

John Tavares – 46 GP, 24 G, 30 A, -1, 50.4 CF%

Josh Bailey – 42 GP, 12 G, 38 A, +1, 48.7 CF%

New York Islanders Second Line

Jordan Eberle – 46 GP, 14 G, 22 A, +2, 55.4 CF%

Mathew Barzal – 46 GP, 16 G, 31 A, +7, 54.0 CF%

Andrew Ladd – 42 GP, 9 G, 9 A, +9, 54.4 CF%

We’ll now take a look at the top six forwards from the four teams with the best records in the NHL as of 1/18/2018. We’ll use the same offensive categories as above.

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