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New York Islanders 2019-20 NHL Season Preview, Lineup and Predictions

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: A general view of the arena prior to the game between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: A general view of the arena prior to the game between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 16: Assistant coach Jim Hiller and head coach Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs watch from the bench during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 16, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 16: Assistant coach Jim Hiller and head coach Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs watch from the bench during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 16, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Weaknesses

Offense

Across all situations, the New York Islanders finished with the 22nd ranked offense with 223 goals scored. At 5on5, the Islanders were slightly better finishing 16th in the league for goals for. Either way, the Islanders offense wasn’t good last season.

The Isles offense needs to be better at putting away the number of high-danger chances they create. They were seventh in the league when it came to generating high-danger chances, but finished 12th when it came to goals from high-danger chances.

With the same offensive core going into the 2019-20 season it’s entirely possible that the Islanders offense stays the same.

Power Play

It was awful, predictable, inefficient, just flat-out terrible. The Islanders power play was one of the worst in the league last season with a 14.5 percent efficiency. There were numerous games last season where the Islanders terrible power play clearly cost them a win.

Out is Scott Gomez and in his place comes Jim Hiller from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hiller had the Leafs average a roughly 20% efficiency on the power play during his tenure there. Though with the Islanders Hiller won’t have access to the same talent pool to play with.

What he does with the same group that scored 33 power-play goals (tied for second-worst in the league) will be intriguing.

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