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New York Islanders Depth Scoring In Major Slump

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Ladd

The New York Islanders aren’t getting much offense from their secondary guys who are supposed to score. It’s part of the reason why they’re struggling.

With 211 goals, the New York Islanders are sixth in the league in scoring. Being among the top teams in the league in scoring is normally a good thing but with the Islanders, there are a couple of problems.

The first problem is they don’t play defense. Their goal differential is -23, whenever you’re in the negatives for goal differential you have a problem. With 234 goals allowed the Islanders have allowed the most goals in the league by 11 goals. Ottawa is the next closest with 223 goals allowed.

The second issue is most of the scoring comes from the top two lines. Their top-five goal scorers are five of the top-six forwards. That shows a glaring hole when it comes to depth scoring.

In order for a team to be a true contender, they need to get production from guys in the bottom six and of course blueliners as well. In 2017-2018, the Isles have yet to get the production needed from their bottom two lines, especially when you consider what they are being paid.

The guys the Islanders are relying on to put up goals outside of John Tavares, Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey aren’t producing. In fact, they are atrociously cold. Let’s take a look:

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