The New York Islanders Board

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Today, the New York Islanders board a flight for Dallas, a day earlier than they would have left under normal circumstances, to continue their nine-game road trip. What’s not normal about a Tuesday in February? In case you have been living under a rock, tomorrow at 3pm ET is the NHL’s annual trade deadline. And with the Islanders engaged in a back-room brawl for the final Eastern conference wild card spot, it’s their last opportunity to search for help outside the organization, help that could get them over the hump and into the playoffs, where every team, thanks to parity that now rules the day, has a chance at the big prize. Third place in the Metropolitan division is a pipe dream at this point, with New York trailing Columbus by 15…show more content…
But, has it been with a little smoke and mirrors? Underlying numbers seem to say yes. Over their last nine games, they are 5-4-0, and in the four losses, have allowed a staggering 20 goals while showing up for, arguably, four out of 12 periods of play (two in Ottawa and two in New Jersey). In four of their last six games, they have put less than 25 shots on goal. They are 26th in the NHL in 5v5 possession (47.4%) and have a PDO of 100.6, showing they are not garnering results due to inflated shooting or save percentages. Brock Nelson has no goals in 10 games, collecting only 4 assists in that span. Ryan Strome has 3-2-5 in the same 10-game span, but two goals and three points came in one game. In six of his past seven games, he is pointless. Anthony Beauvillier has been a breath of fresh air, working as hard as any forward, but has six goals in 47 games and at 19-years old, now enters unknown conditioning territory. The Islanders are 20th in the NHL in the faceoff circle, at 48.7%, and have allowed some bad goals, even lost a couple of games, recently as a result of not being able to win a big draw. The ‘addition by getting healthy’ thinking is simply not good enough at this point, and may not be enough to get the Islanders over the hump and into the 2017 playoffs. Travis Hamonic was struggling mightily before, how about after 20+ games off? Shane Prince is a nice depth player but nothing other teams are going to fear. Cal

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