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New York Islanders Three Takeaways from First Preseason Game

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Billy McGregor of Farmingville wears a modified John Tavares jersey prior to the preseason game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Billy McGregor of Farmingville wears a modified John Tavares jersey prior to the preseason game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Flyers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Flyers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders preseason has begun. The played the Flyers for the first of three games in three nights. Here are the biggest takeaways.

Hockey is here. The New York Islanders played their first preseason game of the year. It was the first of six games over the next seven nights. It’s a packed schedule as the Islanders try to suss out what they have in their roster.

Game one ended with the Islanders winning with a score of 3-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers. Thanks to power-play goals by Kieffer Bellows (more on him later), Cal Clutterbuck, and a blue line shot from Sebastian Aho.

Remember, the preseason doesn’t mean anything. Last season the Islanders went 6-1-1 in the preseason. They went 2-5-1 in their very next eight games of the 2017-18 season. So let’s not get carried away.

With that being said, there were a number of positives to take out of the Islanders performance against what was a Flyers B – maybe even C – squad.

It was a dominant display by the New York Islanders. The top line of Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle were a constant threat. Barzal was his usual self with explosive speed and penetrating offensive plays.

Robin Lehner was between the pipes for half the game, splitting time with Christopher Gibson. It wasn’t much of a test, again, it wasn’t a full strength Philly squad, and Lehner didn’t see much of the puck, but when he did he was solid.

Both are good takeaways from the Islanders first preseason game of 2018-19, but they weren’t the biggest.

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