13: Islanders allow less than 250 goals
Last year, the New York Islanders allowed the most goals in the league. It was a dumpster fire. The defense was bad while the goalie play was even worse somehow. Now, with a better coach, a better goalie tandem and hopefully more defensive structure the Islanders defense will be vastly improved.
296 goals was the final tally on the 2017-2018 season. Under Barry Trotz, that won’t happen. Last year Washington allowed 239 goals, and since 2014 Barry Trotz’s team hasn’t allowed more than 242 shots on goal.
Even if the Islanders roster isn’t as talented as the one’s Trotz has coached in the last five years, just by a change in philosophy the Islanders should be better in their own end.
249 goals or fewer seems like an obtainable goal for the Isles this year, and then hopefully you improve on that number going forward. Nick Leddy will be better this year, and Dennis Seidenberg not being on the ice should help as well.
Not to mention the two fourth lines should be better in their own end than what we saw from the Islanders’ bottom six last season.