New York Islanders Patchwork Defense is Starting To Come Together

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Ryan Pulock
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Ryan Pulock
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 16: Nick Leddy

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Keeping the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference playoff picture will take a full group effort from their ragtag defensive unit. Last night we saw a handful of great individual defensive performances from the Islanders defense within the span of just a few minutes in the second period.

Nick Leddy made a goal-saving play around four minutes into the period, when the outcome of the game was still very much in the balance. That type of play is what inspires others to give their all as well. Not more than three minutes after Leddy, Thomas Hickey made two fantastic plays in a row to keep the Blackhawks from getting back into the game.

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The thirty-four shots on goal allowed last night, while not ideal, is a huge improvement on how many shots the New York Islanders have been allowing on a nightly basis this season. That small victory for the Isles defense is what can transform into a winning streak of sorts for a unit that desperately needs it in the absence of some of their most important cogs.