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New York Islanders Round Table: Quarter Season Grade

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders lineup at center ice prior to their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres at the Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders lineup at center ice prior to their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres at the Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – OCTOBER 13: Head coach Barry Trotz and assistant coach Lane Lambert of the Washington Capitals chat during warmups prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 13, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Michel Anderson | Grade: B-

I give the Isles a B-.

Sounds harsh? Think about how terrible their power play is right now. It might not be the worst in the league at the moment, but it’s pretty close with a 14.4 percent efficiency.

The Isles have gone 1-for-25 on the power play before facing the Golden Knights. The lone PPG came against the Detroit Red Wings on a 5-on-3. Keep that in mind.

The Isles (again, before puck drop against the Golden Knights) were in a playoff position. They held 14-11-4 record for 32 points.

Now consider the position that the New York Islanders could be in if the power play was average?

That’s good for at least another four to six points in the standings, easy. That puts the Islanders comfortably in second place in the Metropolitan Division and even breathing down Washington’s neck for the division lead.

The grade is so low because of just how long the power play has been ineffective.

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