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New York Islanders Four Players Who’s Luck Will Soon Change

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Mathew Barzal | PDO 99.8

5on5 on-ice shooting percentage: 7.39
5on5 on-ice save percentage: 92.42

Mathew Barzal has been the New York Islanders best player for the second year in a row now. When he’s on the ice the play typically goes through him. For good reason. He generates offensive zone time like few others, he opens up space for his linemates, and knows how to get the puck towards the net.

But so far this season Barzal is riding a sub-100 PDO. Barely, but still, it’s below 100. And that 7.39 5on5 on-ice shooting percentage is the reason why.

Last season Barzal held a slightly-higher 100.8 PDO with an 8.78 5on5 on-ice shooting percentage and a 91.98 5on5 on-ice save percentage. If going simply on where he is now and where he was last season, something is going to give.

Barzal isn’t due for some crazy correction due to some terribly low PDO, but it would seem that a slight positive correction is due for the Islanders All-Star.

Mathew Barzal is on pace a 75 point season with 49 points in 45 games. With the way he plays you can see him being a point-per-game player by the end of the season. A correction is coming for Mathew Barzal in the second half of the season. One that sees him return to a point-per-game player.

The Islanders are in first place with a sub-point-per-game Mathew Barzal, imagine them when they get a point from Barzal every night?

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