Load It Up
The Islanders seem to still want to operate their "we-run-four-lines" mantra. We all know that's how they like to run their club, but they don't exactly have four lines worth of NHL talent to work with now do they?
Outside of a few call-ups most haven't been up to snuff. And it's hobbled the Islanders dour lines system. So why not stack the lines?
Why not have one of these two top lines:
Let me explain both because I'm sure some of you might disagree with some of these selections. Let me start with the first one (Parise-Barzal-Wahlstrom). The idea here is to just create as much offense as possible and these three players should do just that.
There's no question as to why Barzal is there. He may not be creating but the offense runs through him. Parise is up there as Barry Trotz's workhorse. He's the guy that brings the energy, that works down low along the boards and in front of the net. And Parise's been great at that role all year. In the eight game losing streak his 1.51 ixG leads the team.
Wahlstrom's shoot from anywhere philosophy compliments the other two players on this line very well. They've tried coaxing a better performance out of Wahlstrom with punishment. How about they try giving him more to get the best out of him? They've done that with Beauvillier in the past, and it's worked.
Now what about Palmieri? Why have him up there? Because while he too has been snake bitten he's at least putting up opportunities. His 1.14 ixG is third on the team since the losing streak. Only Parise and Cizikas have more (1.51 and 1.22 respectively). He's created the most high-dangers chances on the team and has the highest iCF for forwards.
Palmieri is getting his chances. And as the Islanders try to find any sort of offense why not put the three guys together who are seemingly doing the most every night to generate some offense? What's the harm in trying?