The Islanders power play might not be very good going into the series but thankfully, the Penguins penalty kill is absolutely horrendous. With a 77.4% efficiency, the Penguins rank 26th in the NHL.
I know what you’re probably saying: “yeah, but that’s against the rest of the division. They surely don’t have such poor numbers against the Islanders.”
Yeah, they do. In fact, it worse.
This season, the Isles power play is effective 35% of the time against the Pens with seven power-play goals on 20 opportunities. Meaning the Penguins PK is effective 65% of the time. That’s great news for the New York Islanders and some of their players.
- Leddy has five PP points against the Penguins this year (all helpers of course)
- Wahlstrom has a goal and two helpers on the PP
- Nelson has two goals against the Penguins
For the latter two, this series comes at the right time. Both Nelson and Wahlstrom have finally hit the right form after being cold for so long. Wahlstrom ended the season with three points in his final two games while Nelson he’d seven points in his final seven games.
Being in top shape as they head to the playoffs is perfect timing. Assuming the Islanders can get a few calls against the Penguins, Nelson and Wahlstrom could very well be key factors on the man advantage.