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Examining the New York Islanders numbers

Friday, 09.21.2007 / 10:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Islanders Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Numbers | Sked | Roster



Advantage Margin:
-95
The Islanders were one of the NHL’s slowest teams, especially on the blue line, and made the playoffs despite handing out power plays (especially on restraining fouls) like parking tickets. New York’s 348 power plays were the second-lowest total in the NHL; their 433 power-plays allowed were exceeded by only five teams.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +23
When the penalty boxes were empty, the Islanders were dangerous, though many of those contributors are gone this season. Jason Blake (off to Toronto) had 26 even-strength goals, and Viktor Kozlov (now with Washington) had 20.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +18
The Isles' power play often looked like it had no clue, but finished 12th overall and fifth on the road. The penalty killers often struggled due to a lack of speed and the huge number of opportunities they faced.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 92
(8th East / 17th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +14
Home Points 50
(8th East / 16th NHL)
Road Points 42
(10th East / 17th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 20
How bad were the Isles’ defensemen when it came to putting the puck in the net? Marc-Andre Bergeron had six goals in 21 games after coming over from Edmonton — and tied for the team lead among the defensemen with Tom Poti, who left for Washington.

Goals by forwards: 220
Blake (40 goals), Ryan Smyth (36 goals, 5 with Isles after deadline-day deal) and Kozlov (25) all signed elsewhere as free agents, and Alexei Yashin (18) went back to Russia. Miroslav Satan (27) should be better in a contract year, and the Isles hope newcomers Bill Guerin (36) and Mike Comrie (20) will be as productive as Mike Sillinger (26) was last season.

Overtime Record: 10-7-5 (OT: 2-7, SO: 8-5)
The Isles were awful in overtime (2-5 at home, 0-2 away). Shootouts were another story — appropriately, they got the two points they needed to make the playoffs with a season-ending shootout victory in New Jersey.

Times Scored First/Record: 42 (Record: 31-6-5)
The Isles’ .738 winning percentage when they scored first was eighth in the NHL. Their problems came when the other team potted the first goal: They won only nine games and their .225 winning percentage was 27th overall and last among playoff teams.

Best 06-07 Number: 16-7-2
The Islanders' record on Saturday, by far their best day of the week. The Isles were plus-9 (excluding shootouts) on Saturdays; they were only plus-1 on the other six days of the week.

Worst 06-07 Number: 6-14
The Islanders’ record in one-goal games, excluding shootouts. That includes a 4-10 mark at home and 2-4 on the road.

Scheduling:
As usual, the Isles open on the road — this time in Buffalo, where their season ended in April. They have a six-game homestand from Oct. 20 to Nov. 10, then have no more than three home games in a row the rest of the way. In contrast, they have four trips of four or more games, including a five-game Western swing, in early January.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Islanders Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres