New York Islanders Daily: Re-surging Penalty Kill

During the New York Islanders recent hot streak, they’ve become much better on the penalty kill. Which is something that fell apart earlier in the year.

On Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Islanders surrendered their first power play goal in 21 tries. The streak unfortunately had to come to an end at some point but the Isles had a nice run going for them.

Dating back to November 12th the Islanders have killed 37 of 40 power play opportunities (92.5%).

“Our stats weren’t a good representation of our kill for awhile,” Josh Bailey said. “We’ve had different personnel and sometimes, it just takes a little bit of time to get rolling and we have gotten some great bounces out there, too. I think as of late, we’ve shown that we have been better at pressuring the puck and we’re getting better reads.”

Bailey’s right, they’ve just been working better as a unit on the penalty kill.

Similar to the overall standing, the Islanders didn’t make up much ground as they’re still 13th in the league on the penalty kill at 83%. Although they are definitely trending in the right direction.

With a tough stretch of games coming the Islanders will need their penalty kill unit to continue to be strong. They’re still in last place in the division, if they want to make up some ground it starts there.

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