After missing the Los Angeles Kings game out on the West Coast, Nick Leddy is expected to make his return to the New York Islanders lineup tonight.
After missing Wednesday’s action out in L.A., Barry Trotz fully expects Nick Leddy to play tonight as the New York Islanders return home to take on Columbus. 2019-2020 has been kind to Nick Leddy so far a welcomed change.
After a solid November in 2017, Leddy fell off the face of the earth. He finished the 2017-2018 season as a -42. I’m not usually one who puts a ton of value into the plus/minus stat but there’s no way to spin a -42, that’s just bad.
Last year, in Barry Trotz’s first year, Leddy’s responsibilities started to take a dip. Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock became the team’s top pair. No more were the days of Leddy and Johnny Boychuk leading the way in ice time, it was a role reduction for sure.
Heck, even after Devon Toews came up Nick Leddy saw some power-play time reduced due to Toews’ talent on the blue line on the power play.
After back to back poor seasons, Leddy’s name kept coming up on the trade block. Coach Trotz put a stop to those rumors and ever since then, Leddy has been downright great for this team. He’s averaging 19:34 per night, the lowest since he’s been an Islander, but he’s serving his role brilliantly.
In 18 games, he has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) and he’s halfway to his goal total from last year. He finished with a measly 26 points (4 goals, 22 assists) after being a double-digit goal scorer in three out of his first four seasons with the Islanders.
In terms of high danger scoring chances for, he’s been miles better this year than the previous two. He’s gone from 44.44 percent and 48.79 percent all the way up to 54.24 percent according to Natural Stat Trick.
That leads the team’s defense by a significant margin, Noah Dobson is the next closest at 52 percent but he only has seven games to his name.
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The Islanders are getting an important piece to their team back today. Nick Leddy is back both literally and figuratively in the sense that his play has been reminiscent of 2015, Nick Leddy. For that, we’re thankful.