The New York Islanders were phenomenal on the second half of back to backs in 2018-2019. They were 11-1-1 on the second day of consecutive days.
One of the harder things to do in hockey is playing on back to back nights. It’s a rarity because the 82 game season is spread out over a five and a half month period. The New York Islanders were phenomenal at them this year.
The Islanders played 13 times on back to back nights, and in the second half of those situations, they were 11-1-1. That’s simply unheard of.
Part of the reason for their success is the ability to roll with either Robin Lehner or Thomas Greiss. Lehner had a .930 save percentage and Greiss had a .927 on the season, you couldn’t go wrong with either guy.
A lot of times, teams go with their backup in these games, but the Isles didn’t have a backup per se, they had two starting caliber goalies which is extremely rare for an NHL team.
Additionally, Barry Trotz tends to have his guys ready to go on a nightly basis. In years past, you couldn’t say the same thing with coaches. Too many times, the team wasn’t ready to go on nights like that.
The Islanders culture has changed, and one of the ways you can tell is through their tenacity in games on back to back nights.
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