Special Teams Are Top Tier
At some point, an NHL team is going to score a power-play goal against the New York Islanders. It hasn’t happened yet, but its bound to happen. The Islanders aren’t going to go 100 percent on the PK the entire season.
But as it stands right now the Isles penalty kill is at the top of the league, and so is it’s power play.
Remember, just last season the New York Islanders held the worst penalty kill efficiency in the league with a 73.2 percent efficiency. It was woefully terrible. But with Barry Trotz at the helm, the Isles PK has been revolutionized.
They don’t seem to be doing anything special out there, but here we are three games in and the Isles haven’t conceded a power-play goal.
Again, eventually, a team will find a way. But based on what we’ve seen so far, not many will. Last season the best penalty kill was the Kings with 85 percent. The Islanders can get close to that with an 83 percent efficiency this season.
The New York Islanders power play is at a 27.3 percent efficiency. Good enough for eleventh in the league to date. Keep in mind that ranking has seven teams with a power-play efficiency above 40 percent.
A 27.3 percent efficiency is absolutely sustainable throughout the season. With the way Barzal, Lee and Bailey are playing, they absolutely will sustain in by the end of the season.