With a recent shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, I decided to look at who are the better shootout players on the New York Islanders roster today and of all time.
Last night the New York Islanders lost in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby was the only player to get the puck in the net for either team.
Not only did none of the Islanders three shooters (Eberle, Barzal, and Bailey) not find the back of the net, they generally didn’t look great in their approach to the non-hockey portion of the contest.
It seems likes a growing trend that the Islanders aren’t great in the shootout. Which is true. Over the last five years, the Islanders rank 22nd in shootout win percentage at .448 (13 wins over 29 opportunities).
Oddly enough that hasn’t always been the case. According to NHL Records, the New York Islanders have the second most shootout wins in NHL history with 82. Before last night, there was actually a two-way tie for the top spot between the Islanders and Penguins. With the win, the Penguins passed the Islanders to claim the top spot.
So, with last night’s shootout loss still fresh in our minds and now knowing the Islanders are one of the best shootout teams in NHL history, I wanted to do two things. First, I wanted to look at the best possible shootout roster from the current lineup (maybe I’ll find out what’s going wrong). And second, I wanted to find some of the best shootout specialists in Islanders history.