The first 29 games of the season for Kyle Palmieri was about as bad as it gets. After extending with the New York Islanders in the offseason, he started out putting up just one goal and seven points in the team's first 29 games.
Now, an injury played a factor and some of his underlying numbers were still solid but one goal in nearly 30 games is still one goal no matter what kind of positive spin you try to put on it.
Ever since then, he's been on an absolute heater. He has 14 points including 10 goals in the 16 games since that cold streak including the game winning goal last night.
It wasn't some pretty shot, he just went to the front of the net and put himself in a good scoring spot. Sometimes that's all it takes, just ask Anders Lee.
Kyle Palmieri will always be a streaky goal scorer, you just have to hope that it will never get as bad as what it was in the first 29 games of the year. Historically, November is a cold month with just 19 goals and 44 points in 101 career games but in February and March, he has 41 career goals. Usually, he tends to heat up as the year goes on.
Right now the Islanders are playing good hockey, and with guys like Anders Lee and Kyle Palmieri finally scoring I think we're seeing what the plan was all along for this team. Yes, they still need to add a couple of bodies in here but they are not anywhere close to "blow it up" and rebuild. A few offseason tweaks should be able to get this team back on track with Kyle Palmieri as a part of the Islanders middle six to go along with it.