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Islanders Winners and Losers of the Week: Mathew Barzal bad decision

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 02: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Winners

Anders Lee: 2G, 2A, 5S

The captain put up another two goals, bringing him to nine on the season. With 31 games played that’s a pace of 24 goals over a full season. It’s a little behind where you’d expect him to be, but remember that Lee went through a tough spell where he didn’t score for eleven games.

Of late Lee has been turning it on. He now has four goals and eight points over his last eight games. A 30 goal season is entirely possible for the former 40 goals scorer.

Brock Nelson: 2G, 2A, 8S

We thought last year’s version of Brock Nelson was the best version of Brock Nelson. With four points this week, Brock now has 25 in 31 games. That puts him on pace for a 66 point season.

Remember when we thought a 45 point Brock Nelson was his ceiling? Imagine if someone told you he could be a 66 point and a committed 200-foot player. How hard would you laugh? Would you literally bust a gut laughing?

What an incredible turn around Brock Nelson is having.

What’s more impressive is how he makes the players around him better. Michael Dal Colle gets a few minutes with Brock and he’s suddenly putting up points. Meanwhile, Derick Brassard has done nothing since being moved off Brock’s wing.

Jordan Eberle: 1G, 3A, 6S

With four points this week, Jordan Eberle seems to be back to his regular self. After missing ten games with an injury earlier this season, it took some time for Eberle to catch up with the rest of the team. He seems to be all caught up now.

Eberle now has at least a point in his last three games and seven over his last seven games.

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