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Islanders vs Blue Jackets Three takeaways – Returning to their identity

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders celebrates a second period goal by Mathew Barzal #13 (not shown) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Barclays Center on November 30, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Derick Brassard #10 of the New York Islanders celebrates a second period goal by Mathew Barzal #13 (not shown) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Barclays Center on November 30, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders shut out the Blue Jackets with a strong defensive and getting back to winning ways after California road trip.

With a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Islanders got back to winning ways. Their three-game swing in California was easily their worst stretch of play this season. What better way to vex that by getting a solid win at home?

Here’s what I noticed from the stands at the Barclays Center tonight.

1. The Bailey, Lee, and Barzal line was clearly the best line

Anders Lee’s first goal in eleven games was a thing of beauty and was set up with a nice tic-tac-toe play with Bailey and Barzal. You could see Lee’s relief in his understated celebration after the goal.

As Matt O’Leary pointed out in his article, “Anders Lee No Stranger To Post Thanksgiving Scoring Surge” it would not be a surprise if his scoring continues and improves, which will certainly help the New York Islanders.

From the start of the game, this line was the team’s best with aggressive skating and play the entire game. They dominated and created excellent scoring chances with Barzal scoring a nice breakaway goal in the second period.

After Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier, and Derick Brassard running the show offensively, it’s nice to see the Isles first line getting going again.

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