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New York Islanders Daily: Impressive Record In Back To Backs

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders celebrates a first period goal scored against the Washington Capitals during their game at the Barclays Center on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders celebrates a first period goal scored against the Washington Capitals during their game at the Barclays Center on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders are 6-0 in the second half of a back-to-back this year. A major upgrade over last year’s record.

Playing on back to back days is one of the more difficult things for a hockey team to do. So far this year, the New York Islanders have handled that challenge quite well and are 6-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.

Comparatively, last year they were just 6-10 in the second game of a back-to-back under Doug Weight. This is just another example of the Barry Trotz effect with this hockey club.

One of the things that helps the Islanders is their goalie situation. In most cases of a back-to-back you are playing your starter on one day and your backup the next. Rarely do we see a starter getting both games.

This year, the Islanders have two quality goalies that they can play in that instance. Robin Lehner has emerged as the starter with a .926 save percentage and a 2.21 goals against average. Serving as the 1-B, Thomas Greiss has a .918 save percentage and a 2.62 goals against average.

Both goalies have been fantastic this year, while last year Thomas Greiss was almost unusable with a .892 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average.

Ultimately, the play in net is making the biggest difference for this year’s team and that’s why they’re much better in back-to-backs this season. There’s no reason why their success can’t continue with their next opportunity coming on Friday.

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