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New York Islanders Round Table: Power Play Setup

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders passes the puck against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders passes the puck against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Flyers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders can use some help on the power play. Perhaps they can try one of these formations to get their efficiency up.

The New York Islanders power play has a few issues. They have a hard time getting the puck in the offensive zone, cycling the puck around the zone, and then getting the puck on net. All of that has combined to give the Isles one of the worst power play’s in the league.

Before facing the Vegas Golden Knights the Islanders held a 15.5 percent efficiency on the power play. Good for 24th in the league. That includes their recent power play resurgence that’s seen them score three PPG’s on 12 opportunities.

We can’t yet say that their power play is back yet. Before this resurgence they had four PPGs on a whopping 51 opportunities between November 5th and December 12th. That’s an eight percent efficiency.

If not for the Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, and Chicago Blackhawks having power plays hovering around a 12 percent efficiency the Islanders would have surely bottomed out in the league.

So what do they do?

Here’s a few suggestions of setups from some of our staff that the New York Islanders can use to increase the efficiency of their power play and sustain what they seems to be building at the moment.

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