New York Islanders Podcast: How To Fix the Power Play in 2019-20
The New York Islanders power play was absolutely horrible in 2018-19 finishing third-worst in the NHL. What can the Isles do to make it better in 2019-20?
It was almost rock bottom for the New York Islanders power play last season. With 33 goals in 228 opportunities, the Islanders power play fell to a 14.5 percent efficiency. Good for 29th in the league. Only the Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens had a worse efficiency rating.
With a league average power play, the Islanders could have easily won the division over the Washington Capitals last season. And maybe some of the Isles numbers aren’t so low.
So going into the 2019-20 season, what can the Islanders do for their power play?
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Matt and I discuss at length about the Islanders power play. We talk about what they did poorly last season (like that “super-dump” zone entry strategy) and some of the things that they did well (like their decent expected goals for on the power play).
Then we talk about what the Islanders have done this offseason to address the power play. Namely, they hired Jim Hillier to oversee the man-advantage. Hillier comes from the Toronto Maple Leafs where he’s been able to get great power-play production out of the Leafs.
Finally, we end on what the New York Islanders should (and shouldn’t) do on the power play next season and who should be on what unit.
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The New York Islanders should have a better power play in 2019-20. Not just because of Jim Hillier, but it’s hard for the power play to get worse.
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