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New York Islanders Three Things Learned From Detroit Win

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Red Wings defeated the Islanders 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Red Wings defeated the Islanders 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: Mathew Barzal
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: Mathew Barzal

Barzal Is One For The Ages

We know Mathew Barzal is special. We know he’s going to win the Calder Trophy this season. Brock Boeser is one heck of a player for Vancouver. But he isn’t in the same league as Mathew Barzal is. And to be fair, there aren’t many players who are.

Against Detroit, Mathew Barzal netted five points. It was the third time he’s done so this season. Which has tied him to an NHL record that has stood alone for 100 years.

And look it doesn’t stop there. With those five points on Friday, Mathew Barzal now has 58 points in 56 games. Our friend Rob Taub made an astute observation between Barzal and a future Hall of Famer named Sidney Crosby.

You thought that was it? You were wrong. With his 38th assist and 54th point of the season, Barzal tied him with Mike Bossy in assists, and Denis Potvin, Pat LaFontaine and John Tavares for points.

By the end of the night, Barzal would end up being a single point away from David Volek and third all-time in rookie scoring for the New York Islanders.

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With his 58th point in 56 games, Mathew Barzal is now on pace for 85 points. Six points shy of Mike Bossy’s 91 points and second overall in rookie scoring and ten points shy of Bryan Trottier’s franchise-leading 95 points. So again we say, Brock Boeser who?

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