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Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Noah Dobson #8 of the New York Islanders takes the puck (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Power Play Success?

After two games without a power-play goal, and going 0-for-10 since their last tally on man-advantage it looked like the Isles old PP was back as they entered the third period against the Devils on Thursday.

For two years the Isles suffered from some awful power plays. In 2018-19 they were efficient 14.5% of the time and last year it was 17.3% efficiency. Sure that’s almost a three-point improvement, but a sub-20% efficiency just isn’t good enough.

But then in the third period on Thursday, the Islanders gave us a little hope that perhaps the power could score and actually help them win games rather than help them lose games. In two opportunities in that third period, the Islanders scored twice for a 66% efficiency on the night.

Just as important as how many they scored was what they did to get those goals. They shot the puck. On their three opportunities that night, the Isles had five shots on net and seven attempts.

Just about everyone knows if the Isles are going to have a successful power play they need to get pucks towards the net. On net would be better, but the fact that pucks are flying pulls defenders out of positions to try and win puck battles. Shooting the puck opens those crucial shooting lanes.

Ideally, the Islanders can do that again against the very same Devils squad they faced at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.