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Playing shorthanded no disadvantage for Islanders

Sunday, 09.25.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Playing shorthanded no disadvantage for Islanders
A look at the numbers in 2010-11 for the New York Islanders.
Advantage Margin: -8
The Isles were among the League's better teams at drawing power plays (302, No. 8 in the League) but the NHL's most-penalized team was, not surprisingly, among the busiest at having to kill penalties (310, 23rd).

Special Teams Goal Margin: +8
That the Isles were positive on special teams mostly is attributable to two players -- Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner. The Isles' top penalty-killing duo combined for 13 of the Islanders' League-leading 15 shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen: 24
Considering they played all season without Mark Streit, their best defenseman, getting as many goals as they did from their defense corps was an achievement. Streit's return should bump this number higher.

Overtime Record
Total: 11-7-6 OT: 7-7 SO: 4-6

The Isles' shootout record would have been better if their goaltenders had done better than a .588 save percentage. New York's shooters were 5-for-10 on the road but just 6-for-21 at home.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 73 (14th East/27th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -6
Home Points 40 (13th East/25th NHL)
Road Points 33 (14th East/27th NHL)
Times Scored First: 29
Record: 20-4-5

Not only were the Islanders the worst team in the NHL at getting the jump on the opposition, they weren't much of a comeback team. New York was 10-35-8 (.189) in the 53 games in which opponents got the first goal.

Best 2010-11 Number: 92
Goals scored by the Islanders in the second period, third-most in the League. They outscored opponents 92-84 in the middle period -- but were outscored 80-58 in the first period and 87-68 in the third.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 1,515
Penalty minutes assessed to the Islanders, the most of any team in the NHL. Center Zenon Konopka, now with Ottawa, led all players with 307 penalty minutes, 97 more than runner-up Chris Neil of Ottawa.

Scheduling
The Islanders open the season with four home games, their longest season-opening stretch since they entered the NHL with seven straight home games in 1972-73. They have no homestand longer than four games and no trip longer than a five-gamer in late March. The Isles have just 13 back-to-back games this season, down from 21 in 2009-10.
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