The New York Islanders aren’t playing good hockey, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find out why. It’s simple statistics that prove this theory.
Two years ago the New York Islanders got off to an unbelievable start and they were an extremely fun team to watch as they were fast and generated scoring chances. Over the last two years they have shied away from this.
In 2014-2015 their Corsi (shots attempted) for rate at even strength was 63.9 shots per 60 minutes, second in the NHL that season.
Last season it was 57.1 shots per 60 last season, 14th in the league. Through 17 games this season, it’s 55.2 shots per 60 and that ranks 18th. We see a steady drop off here.
The same is seen for the Islanders shots allowed as well. They allowed 56.4 shots per 60 in 2014-15, 58 shots per 60 last season and now 65 shots per 60 this season, 29th in the NHL.
What does all this mean? It means the Islanders went from a team who were out shooting opponents by nearly 8 shots per 60 now are being out shot 10 shots per 60. A drastic change in just a two year span.
Factor this in with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss tandem sporting a save percentage under .910 and you get bottom feeder in the NHL. If you’re looking for answers as to why the Islanders aren’t winning games, start here.