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Islanders Top 10 In NHL In Goals Per Game

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal with Anthony Beauvillier #18, and Brock Nelson #29 against the Arizona Coyotes during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 24, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal with Anthony Beauvillier #18, and Brock Nelson #29 against the Arizona Coyotes during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 24, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Through 20 games, the New York Islanders find themselves in the top-10 in the league in terms of goals per game. Unfamiliar territory for this club.

With just 2.7 goals per game in 2018-2019, the New York Islanders found themselves 21st in the league in that category. Only the Dallas Stars had fewer goals per game while making the playoffs, meaning the Islanders and Stars were in the minority of playoff teams.

This year, things are different and as the team rides a 16 game point streak, the Islanders find themselves in the top-10 in goals per game. They’re tied for eighth in the league in goals per game with 3.3.

With a nearly identical roster, what’s changed for this team? They’re getting more out of their top-six.

The most important player on this team is Mathew Barzal, there’s no denying that. So far this year, he leads the team with nine goals. He’s on pace for 37 goals (his career-high is 22) after scoring just 18 goals last season.

He’s become a more balanced player and someone who doesn’t just look for the pass. His scoring touch has been an immense help to the Islanders.

Barry Trotz has also gotten more consistency out of Anthony Beauvillier. He has eight goals, and 16 points this year. He finished with just 28 last year (18 goals, 10 assists) and he’s on pace to blow that out of the water this year.

You can’t go without mentioning the emergence of Derick Brassard. Ever since they moved him to the wing, he’s produced nonstop. He has 16 points in 20 games, which is a pace of 66 points. That would be a career-high in his age 32 season.

When the Islanders score three goals or more in the Barry Trotz era they are 52-2-3. It comes to no surprise that they are off to this hot of a start with the number of goals that they’ve scored.

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If the Islanders average over three goals per game for the season, they will be in phenomenal shape. Potentially, Stanley Cup contender shape.

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