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New York Islanders 3 Takeaways from First Preseason Game of 2019

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Flyers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Flyers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 16: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders skates during warmups before the start of Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Beauvillier Is Still Rusty

With 28 points, Anthony Beauvillier didn’t have a great 2018-19 season for the Islanders. But as the Islanders look for more offense this season, they’ll turn to Beau to get more productivity.

In the Islanders first preseason game, Beauvillier got a lot of ice-time to get himself on the scoreboard. And he found himself in a number of good positions. The NHL didn’t record how many shots each player took, but Anthony Beauvillier must have had at least three or four.

And it could have been more if he had hit the net more frequently. There are two opportunities in particular that Anthony Beauvillier should have buried the puck in the back of the net but instead shot wide.

First, it was a pass across the slot from none-other than Josh Ho-Sang. It was a perfect setup for Beauvillier. Flyers goalie Alex Lyon was covering the near post on Ho-Sang and could not get over to the far post quick enough. It was a wide-open net for Beauvillier. But somehow the shot went wide.

The second opportunity came on the power play. The puck eventually found its way to Beauvillier who was alone in the slot with a good angle on the goalie. But again, the shot went wide.

Takeaway: Beauvillier still doesn’t have his shooting gloves on. But that’s fine. That’s what the preseason is for. Find out what isn’t working early and address it before the season starts. Hopefully, that’s exactly what Beauvillier does.

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