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New York Islanders: 5 People Responsible For Playoff Berth

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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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) /

Mathew Barzal

Even though Mathew Barzal’s production dipped he is still the best player on the team. After a Calder season that yielded 85 points, Barzal has 62 through 79 games this year. It’s a step back indeed but he’s still the most skilled forward on the team.

One of the issues that Barzal faced was his linemates. Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey both went through cold streaks at the same time negatively affecting Barzal’s production as well. Now, he’s paired with Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle and it’s working wonders.

The three of them look fantastic playing together and hopefully can transition this success into the playoffs. This is Barzal’s first experience in the NHL playoffs and it should be interesting considering he usually thrives on the big stage.

The Islanders can beat you defensively we know that but the offense goes as Barzal goes. If he’s hot the Isles should be just fine in the playoffs.

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Each of these individuals and many more were integral to the Isles success this year. Here’s to hoping this team finishes strong and comes away with home ice.

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