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New York Islanders 3 Takeaways from 3-1 Home Loss to Calgary Flames

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 26: The Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders battle late in the third period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 26, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Flames defeated the Islanders 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 26: The Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders battle late in the third period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 26, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Flames defeated the Islanders 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 26: Mike Smith #41 of the Calgary Flames blocks the net against Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders during the second period at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 26, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 26: Mike Smith #41 of the Calgary Flames blocks the net against Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders during the second period at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 26, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Power Play Still Needs Work

The New York Islanders went 0-for-4 on the power play against the Flames. We thought that the Islanders might have turned a corner on the power play recently with a 20.7 percent efficiency over a five game stretch.

But tonight against the Flames they struggled to bury the puck. They got their opportunities, but didn’t do enough to beat Mike Smith.

With four power play opportunities the Islanders got nine shots on net. Nine. But to be fair, outside of a chance by Anders Lee up close, most of these shots came from distance and none were particularly threatening.

It wasn’t a terrible showing from the Islanders on the power play, again they got their chances. But it’s clear they still need a retool. Or at the very least Barry Trotz needs to change the order in which he deploys his power play units.

Ideally he switches them around to stockpile his talent on the first unit. A power play unit of Devon Toews, Ryan Pulock, Mat Barzal, Anders Lee, and Brock Nelson should be able to do some damage.

And that still leaves Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey, Jordan Eberle, Johnny Boychuk and Anthony Beauvillier. That’s not a bad power play unit.

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Again, the takeaway here is that the New York Islanders power play needs some work. If they could have capitalized on one of their opportunities this would have looked like a much different game.

With where the power play sits relative to the rest of the league, the Islanders will have to sort it out if they hope to win anything in the post season.

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