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New York Islanders: 25 Bold Predictions For 2018-2019 Season

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game 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: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

12: PK percentage goes above 80 percent

In addition to allowing the most goals in the entire league, the New York Islanders also had the worst penalty kill percentage too. The power play was fine, it was just the penalty kill that was attrocious.

Last year the Islanders killed off 73.2 percent of the power plays they faced. That means that just over one out of every four power plays resulted in a goal.

In order to cut down on the number of goals they allow they’re going to have to also cut down on the power play goals they allow. Luckily for the Islanders, Barry Trotz is here to instill his defensive strategy.

The Caps had an 80.3 penalty kill percentage last year and the Capitals PK percentage never went under 80 percent. With the Islanders bringing in multiple penalty killers in during free agency, they should be substantially better at it this season.

80.1 was the median, for PK percentage in the NHL last year. This might be the area the Islanders improve most in just based on the direction they decided to go this past offseason.

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