Last night, the New York Islanders dropped their seventh game in a row. It was another tough effort as they were missing 10 guys from the lineup including seven in COVID protocol. It's clearly not ideal but still, the effort has to be better especially on the power play.
The New York Rangers, specifically Ryan Strome with three penalties, tried to gift wrap the Islanders a goal. They had six opportunities on the man advantage, and in all six of those chances came up empty.
More specifically, over their last 27 opportunities the team is one-for-27 on the man advantage. I'm not a math guy, but 3.7 percent on the power play doesn't sound very good.
In this month alone, the Isles have been downright dreadful. They've allowed three short handed goals to scoring just two power play goals over that span according to Natural Stat Trick. Their goals for percentage of 40 is by far the worst in the NHL over that span.
Just look at this short handed goal they allowed to Mitch Marner on Sunday:
How is it possible that the Islanders, who only gave up one shorty last year (albeit in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final) have allowed three this month alone. On the season, the team has six power play goals to three short handed goals allowed. No team has a worse goals for percentage on the power play than the Islanders.
So what can they do? Well, right now obviously there's a slight issue with guys out but they're not generating enough shots. in 85:40 on the power play, the Isles have just 68 shots on net. To put that in perspective Edmonton, who has nearly two minutes less of power play time has 100 shots on net.
I don't like calling for peoples jobs but maybe it's time to move on from Jim Hiller, I don't know what else they could possibly do.