The New York Islanders power play has been terrible, and assistant coach Lane Lambert personified all of our feelings after the first period against the New York Rangers.
The New York Islanders power play has been terrible. Absolutely terrible of late. Over their last 22 opportunities they’ve score two goals. Two. That’s a nine percent efficiency.
So when the New York Islanders get gifted a four minute double minor penalty at the end of the first period, the hope is they could break their bad form.
The Isles did no such thing. They absolutely wasted the four minute man advantage and barely registered a chance. At the end of the period Islanders assistant coach Lane Lambert personified Isles fans feelings.
Walking off the ice Lambert shared some impassioned word with long-time colleague Barry Trotz. And they didn’t seem like happy words.
Fair enough. Going 2-for-22 on the power play as they entered the contest against the New York Rangers it’s clear the Islanders needed to shake things up.
After failing to get anything going over four minutes Lambert seemingly had enough.
Entering the zone the Isles have been as predictable as possible. Nine times out of ten they’re going to drop the puck at their own blue line to a player trailing and try to battering-ram their way into the offensive zone.
And it rarely works.
Even if they enter the zone the Isles are incredibly pedestrian. There’s absolutely no speed when cycling the puck. There’s no movement from the players. Defenders don’t have to do much to follow the play and break it up.
The Islanders first need a new zone entry scheme and second they need to move the puck around with some zest.
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After Lambert’s emotional plea the Islanders would respond thanks to Anthony Beauvillier with a power play goal five minutes into the second period. Hopefully, this is just what the Islanders needed.