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New York Islanders Three Takeaways From 2018-19 Game 1

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal by Daniel Winnik #26 of the Washington Capitals (not pictured)in the second period at Verizon Center on October 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Shots! Shots! Shots!

Shots For: 20
Shots Against: 46
Differential: -2.3

You’d be excused if you thought the New York Islanders opening game against the Carolina Hurricanes was actually game number 83 from the 2017-18 season. The Islanders continued bleeding shots to the tune of 46 shots against. Much like they did under Doug Weight.

Unlike that period under Doug Weight, the Islanders didn’t look like they were scrambling about chasing the puck carrier like a bunch of peewee players. They seemed to hold a good defensive shape and did a good job of keeping the puck to the outside. The end result wasn’t good, but there seem to be some positives there.

The issue the Islanders had against the Hurricanes was their inability to get the play going the other way. Like Barry Trotz said in his post-game comments, the Islanders did well to try and get the puck out of the zone, they’d just constantly turn the puck over in the neutral zone.

With the play being led by the Hurricanes, the shots started pilling up. By the end of the second period the shots were 31-14. With still another 20 minutes to go, the gap was certainly going to grow. And it did.

By the end of the game the Carolina Hurricanes had outshot the New York Islanders by 26 shots on net. IN terms of shot attempts the difference was far greater with the Canes attempting 89 to the Islanders 35

This type of performance won’t last. Either Barry Trotz gets what he wants from this team as it’s currently constituted. Or he’ll get Lou Lamoriello to make a trade to swap out the elements that don’t work for ones that do.

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