Keys to the Game
If this is a “must-must-win game” how can the New York Islanders halt their three-game skid and get the two points against a divisional rival?
Stay Out of the Penalty Box
The New York Islanders penalty kill isn’t very good right now. With a 75 percent efficiency on the PK, the Isles find themselves ranked 21st in the league. That doesn’t sound terrible, except when you consider that last year’s 73.2 percent efficiency was historically bad.
The Isles PK is supposed to be better than this with the moves that Lou Lamoriello made in the offseason. But eight games into the season, that’s not the case. The fewer chances the Flyers have to exploit the Isles underperforming PK, the better.
Stick to the Plan
In the Islanders 4-0 win versus the San Jose Sharks, you could see how Barry Trotz’s system was designed to work. Staying tight, keep chances to the outside, and above all make the simple and smart plays. It worked as the Isles stifled the Sharks all night long.
Now go to when the Sharks welcomed the Isles in California and the defense was all over the place, they allowed attackers to easily get to the front of the net, and they made risky plays that rarely worked.
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After losing three in a row the New York Islanders need to bounce back and get a win. Staying out of the box and following Barry Trotz’s plan to a tee doesn’t guarantee a win, but it should put them in a great position to do so.