3 lessons Patrick Roy learned when experimenting with the NY Islanders lines

The Islanders have played well with their traditional pairings over the past 3 games.
Mar 23, 2024; Elmont, New York, USA;  New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy coaches against the
Mar 23, 2024; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy coaches against the / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock need to be stable linemates

The Islanders continue to try this experiment and it never results in better defense. Even under Lane Lambert earlier this season, the Isles would separate Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock. Since Roy has taken over, Pelech has played with Noah Dobson while Pulock has partnered with Alexander Romanov. Suffice it to say, none of these four defensemen produced defensively or offensively throughout February and March.

However, Roy finally reverted to the pairing that was integral in the Isles' success under Barry Trotz. Since being paired back together on April 1st, Pelech and Pulock have combined for 13 blocked shots and 8 shots on goal. They have been noticeably more aggressive at the blue line, even earning accolades from Butch Goring on Thursday. Additionally, Dobson and Romanov found success together earlier this season and have performed better in the past three games. As the old saying goes, "Do not fix what is not already broken".