When the New York Islanders score three goals in a game this year their record is an outstanding 21-1-1. The Barry Trotz system is working.
Last year the New York Islanders struggled to keep pucks out of their own net. They allowed the most goals in the league by a long shot, and despite a good offense, their awful goal differential kept them out of contention.
Now fast forward to this year, the Islanders are leading the league with the fewest goals allowed, 107, all because of Barry Trotz’s system. They are much more focused on play their own zone and it’s working as the Isles are 23-13-4 in a playoff spot.
This surge of good defense and good goalie play is paying major dividends for the Islanders. When they score three goals or more in a game, they’re 21-1-1. That’s insane.
Their one regulation loss came way back on October 6, the second game of the year. The Isles lost in Nashville 4-3 as Greiss struggled with an .826 save percentage. That’s 38 games now that the Isles have gone without a regulation loss when they score three goals.
The shootout loss came against the Montreal Canadiens. The Islanders left the first period with a 3-1 lead but ended up losing in a shootout. That was the 14th game of the year on November 5.
Since that time, the Islanders are 15-0 when scoring three goals or more. It’s been over two calendar months in which they’ve lost a game while scoring at least three goals.
If you don’t see the difference that Barry Trotz makes with this team, I frankly don’t know what to tell you. Sure, the Islanders aren’t necessarily doing it pretty, see last night’s win, but it’s effective and they’re winners of six in a row.
This might entice the Islanders to look for a scorer at the deadline because you see how good they are when they score three goals or more in a game. Adding someone to help with the scoring, the Isles are 20th in the league in goals for, would certainly be a plus.
The Islanders have the prospect depth to make a move, and I know this year wasn’t supposed to be the year to go for anything but it’s tough to pass up opportunities when they come your way. The Islanders are good, get used to it.