The Islanders Are Rolling

After a 1-3-0 start, the New York Islanders have got it together and have won the last 10 games in a row. The team now has an 11-3-0 record in their first 14.

Looking at the basic stats:

The Islanders so far have 43 goals for and 30 goals against. Their power play is 5 for 24 (20.83%) and their penalty kill is 6 for 41 (85.37%). The team has a Corsi For percentage of 45.01%, according to the Natural Stat Trick.

Their goaltending has stood tall with a combined save percentage of .933 and a goals-against-average of 2.07. One game went to a shootout where Semyon Varlamov was perfect in his performance, stopping all 3 shots he faced. Thomas Greiss, the Islanders’ starting goalie, has faced 237 shots already but only allowed 15 goals.

The team’s point production is far from top-heavy. They have 21 players that at least have 1 point so far. Josh Bailey leads the team with 12 points (6G 6A), followed by Mathew Barzal with 11 points (6G 5A), and Brock Nelson with 10 points (4G 6A). From there, most players range between 9 and 2 points, Ross Johnston is the lone rider with just 1 point.

A player that has stood out to me so far has been defenseman Adam Pelech. Pelech has played in all 14 games with 3 points so far. He holds a +5 rating and is averaging 21:28, the highest on the team barring goalies. He’s blocked 37 shots, laid 34 hits, and has 11 takeaways.

The Islanders face the Pittsburgh Penguins next. The Pens are 8-6-1 right now so if the stars align this streak might come to an end.

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