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New York Islanders Early Positive and Negative Takeaways

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: The New York Islanders celebrate a second period goal by Brock Nelson #29 against the Winnipeg Jets at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: The New York Islanders celebrate a second period goal by Brock Nelson #29 against the Winnipeg Jets at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores a first period goal against Mikko Koskinen #19 of the Edmonton Oilers at NYCB’s LIVE Nassau Coliseum on October 08, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores a first period goal against Mikko Koskinen #19 of the Edmonton Oilers at NYCB’s LIVE Nassau Coliseum on October 08, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Positives

Anthony Beauvillier

He was virtually invisible last season. Through his first 16 games of the 2018-19 season, Anthony Beauvillier had just a single point. Now, through six games, Beauvillier finds himself with four points.

The plan for the Islanders to get more offense out of this roster was for guys who had bad years in 2018-19 to be better. Beauvillier and his 28 points were one of those players.

Face-offs

Last season, the New York Islanders were one of the worst face-off teams in the league. With a 47.4 percent win ratio, the Islanders ranked 29th in the entire NHL.

So far, the Islanders are slightly better in the face-off department. With a 48.7 percent win ratio, they rank 20th in the league to date.

If the Islanders want more offense they’ll need to control the puck more and there’s no better place to start then on the faceoff.

Power Play

The power play was dreadful last season. With a 14.5 percent efficiency, they ranked 29th in the NHL. With a 27.3 percent efficiency rating through the first six games of the season, the Islanders have the seventh-ranked power play in the NHL.

New PP coach Jim Hiller seems to be having an immediate effect. The Islanders are shooting the puck more. They’re decisive in possession. And we rarely see that “super-dump” zone entry.

A 27.3 percent efficiency is high, especially considering where virtually the same Islanders team was last season with the power play. But at the rate the Islanders are going its quite possible they finish the season with a power-play efficiency that floats around 20 percent.

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