New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Good, Bad, Ugly

Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders (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) /

The Ugly


The New York Islanders are one of the worst possession teams at the moment. With a 41.94 Corsi-for at 5on5, only the Anaheim Ducks are worse. Corsi doesn’t mean everything. The Islanders won their opening game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes with only 31.07 CF% at 5on5.

Getting outshot every night isn’t a way to build a winning record. Chasing the game is never a good idea. Sometimes you just might have to and against the Hurricanes the Isles you can have some success, but you can’t use that strategy every night. The Islanders have to find a way to be a more dominant team if they hope to string some wins together.

Komarov = No Possession

On the topic of possession, it’s important to highlight that New York Islanders forward Leo Komarov ranks in terms of Corsi-for. Leo Komarov, according to Natural Stat Trick, ranks 668th out of 675 players in 5on5 Corsi-for with 29.41. That’s God-awful.

We know Komarov wasn’t brought in to be that great Corsi player. But he’s proving to be even worse than we thought in terms of possession. And it’s not like his impact on the PK is any better. I already talked about how the PK is at a 75 percent efficiency.

PS: Ton Kuhnhackl while only playing two games ranks 673 out of 675 players with a 20 CF%.

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Again, there’s a ton of time for the New York Islanders to turn things around. And it’s not like it’s all bad. There are certainly some positives around the team. But it’s not all positive.